3985[ksurf] Re: Proposed kitesurfing rules
- Aug 1, 1999From: Hung Vu <hungvu@...
> I have set up a new page on my web site to propose a set of kitesurfingStart with the maritime rules of the road. These apply to all watercraft and
> rules to let other water users to know what to do when we are
> approaching each other on the water. If we all agree on this set of
> rules, we can effectively share the same water space with other
> water-crafts and among ourselves.
should be understood by all watercraft.
I don't believe the maritime rules say anything about two boat lengths, and
the yacht racing rules use two boat lengths only with repect to gaining
rights when rounding a mark of the course. In other words, ditch reference
to two boat lengths.
The rules should not codify permissiveness regarding flying a kite over
another craft (ie., all that talk about flying different heights above
various craft). It should be understood that flying a kite over someone is
dangerous and that if your kite hits a right-of-way craft, you are at fault.
The first and third of your "common sense rules" can be found in the
maritime rules. The second is, I think, a mistake. We don't want novices to
get the idea it's the responsibility of others to keep clear (though, of
course, others will, as per rule number one). It's the resposibility of the
novice to do his learning where he won't bother others.
The yacht racing rules apply only to sailing craft engaged in a race. They
are generally not applicable to craft that are not racing. Anyway, isn't it
best best to leave racing rules up to the racers?
The wave rules look abreviated but fine as far as they go. More clarity on
wave ownership may be called for.
Keep in mind that virtually no recreational kiteboarder will read, much less
learn, the rules if they number more than about two or three. At that number
maybe a third of kiteboarders will learn them.
Bottom line: Except for wave sailing and racing -- special circumstances --
the existing maritime rules of the road and every person's sense of
self-preservation are all we need.
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