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Old 08-18-2016, 04:57 AM
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Don't be so sanctimonious and make assumptions in order to support your supposed outrage at the OP.
a. The OP has 30 years experience, so he isn't a first-timer. What he saw was different from other encounters, or he wouldn't have posted.
b. easily anticipating is a foolish statement, because making a direction change is at the whim of the sailor; the kid could just have easily waited 20 seconds to let the OP's boat pass.
b1. With 20 boats sailing, and with the ICW narrow, it becomes a game of guts...with the sailboats' skippers having the unfair advantage.
c. BTDT when I was a kid in Hollywood....the difference being I did it once and just about got run over. I learned a good lesson that attention, and don't assume.
d. If the YC had to use the ICW, then it is a big safety lesson that the YC must teach the kids; don't assume that your right of way is going to save you if the motor vessel can't or doesn't stop in time.
e. little kids that are learning to sail don't all have skill sets, and might lose control just after they've entered the kill zone in front of a motor boat. The YC shares responsibility for keeping their kids safe.
f. In this day and age, "entitlement", is a new buzz-words for kids. Read all the posts defending the kids and see where that entitlement has spread to.....parents.
g. Years ago, parents would have known which kids were pushing the entitlement envelope and been at the dock waiting to give the little chit a few extra chores. Why not today?

Originally Posted by The Spit View Post
Some of you guys who are expressing irritation with kids learning to sail -- unbelievable.

Also, sorry to say, but if you understood what they were doing, you could have easily anticipated their course changes and acted accordingly -- none of it would take you by surprise. But you lack understanding, so you aren't able to anticipate and act accordingly. That is not their problem or fault -- it is YOUR lack of understanding.

The reason their course was different this time from previous times when you transited the same area, was because the wind was from a different direction. There will be times when the wind direction will require them to tack up or down a channel, back and forth, seeming to zigzag for no reason, but it is absolutely necessary. With more favorable winds, they might be able to pass up or down the channel parrallel to the traffic without making a single turn. This is the nature of sailing. And this is a major part of why motor vessels give way to sailing vessels.

Study up or get over it!