3986[ksurf] Re: Proposed kitesurfing rules
- Aug 1, 1999
> I don't believe the maritime rules say anything about two boat lengths, andThanks for the reminder Ken. I agree that the two hull length is only
> 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.
used in yatch racing; however, they are used more often than in just
when rounding a mark of the course. In any cases, I think two hull
length is a good distance to keep clear of the other boat.
> The rules should not codify permissiveness regarding flying a kite overI think this is easy for a kitesurfer to understand; however, it is VERY
> 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.
HARD to for non-kitesurfers to understand that they have to keep clear
of a "kitesurfing vessel" of 50 m in width.
> The first and third of your "common sense rules" can be found in theI put it there on purpose because I have seen an experienced boater
> 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.
injured (almost killed) an inexperienced one because he THINKED he had
the right of way.
> The wave rules look abreviated but fine as far as they go. More clarity onKen, How would we clarify this?
> wave ownership may be called for.
> Keep in mind that virtually no recreational kiteboarder will read, much lessThe problem is with non-kitesurfers. They DO NOT know how to deal with
> 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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