|Martin... where a sailor is in open water and not in a fixed course against a bank then the sailor bearing away at speed should be giving way... no reason to get aggro as they have the ability to choose their path unlike a sailor beating back up wind further out!|
I had just been writing up another 'unwritten set of rules' that should be applied and was going to email them out to all NZ kiters and windsurfers using the speed runs we have... but worth adding them here again...
Every run is unique and has its own issues but a generalised set of rules are worth having!
With the increase in traffic both kite and windsurf on our best speed runs it is vital that every sailor understands and follows some basic rules and etiquette that allow safe and fast runs for all! These basic rules can only apply if all sailors at that spot are speed sailing only!
When freestylers are on the water, standard sailing right of way must apply!
In extreme conditions following these basic rules will make your session faster and safer! ( Speed run = bearaway run down the length of the sand bar)
· The sailor on a bear away speed run has absolute right of way. ( but must never intentionally endanger other sailors)
· Never overtake a sailor already on the speed run. (if the leading sailor suddenly gybes or pulls into bank you may not be able to avoid collision)
· Never sail windward of another sailor standing in water while on speed run. (loss of control could result in death or serious injury to that sailor)
· If you crash or break gear in area of run either sail out of speed run or move gear onshore as fast as possible.
· If walking back up run make every effort to pull gear out of water and hold secure until sailor on run has past. (forcing any sailor to veer downwind to avoid a sailor or rig in water greatly reduces speed on that run)
· Stop only at top or bottom of run to tune gear or chat, but move onshore clear of sailing line. If stopping partway down run sail back up wind or move gear onshore as fast as possible.
· Do not leave shore to sail back up wind if any sailor has entered the run, wait until sailor passes.(your wake will slow that sailor down, worse on a square run)
· If pulling or jibing out of a run part way down track always check behind for approaching sailor.
· If course is square, direction with downwind bias has right of way; if sailing back up course do so when course is clear and give way to any sailor coming down course. (either sail well downwind of sailor on course or pull gear onshore)
· STAY OUT OF COURSE AREA UNLESS ENTERING AT TOP END TO START A RUN (sand bar edge to approx 15m downwind of shoreline)
There will always be exceptions but if courtesy and common sense prevail we will give everyone the opportunity to record top speeds!