Jan 10, 2013, 6:52 AM
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From Andrew Burton:
Re: [Dan O'Brien] New Rule regarding throwing overboard trash
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So I learn in Scuttlebutt 3749 that we have a new rule: RRS 55 Trash Disposal - "A competitor shall not intentionally put trash in the water."
Really? Is this what our sport has come to? How is this rule remotely connected to sailing? As a rule of good citizenship, yes, fine. But this ridiculous rule has no place in the RRS.
Don't get me wrong, I hate garbage going into the water, and I was one of the first in my area to bring multiple serving beverage containers and reusable cups on my boat (when Heineken started making mini kegs), but we don't need to address either problem in the Racing Rules of Sailing. I thought rule-makers were trying to reduce the number of rules for competitors.
What's next; an admonition to parents of Opti sailors not to provide their offspring with sugary carbonated beverages?