Aug 1, 2006, 3:11 AM
Post #14 of 27
I like the Kiwi model described in this string. That creates the correct culture of rule obeyance.
Incredibly, we had yet another big boat try their luck with us last week. The full strory is recorded on this link: http://mysite.mweb.co.za/...trazz/homepage2.html
The basic incident happened like this: Two seconds after the start signal, The Farr 40 came steaming across on port tack, unable to cross ahead of us. We called "Starboard!" and held our (paltry 27 foot of) ground, forcing the big boat to tack. With stylish Gallic temper and vocabulary, the skipper stripped his box with several very loud “F*CK OFF” calls shouted at us, in his utter frustration of having to bear off and gybe around to go behind us. But at least, he did tack away, which is more than what some skippers do. Still, it brought home my comments about big boat bullying posted only days earlier. We stayed calm and held our course. What was he thinking?
I caught up with the skipper later in the pub. he offered a vague apology. Then an explanation, which I was very interested to hear. He said that another Class 1 boat ‘messed him around’ on the start line, so when we appeared in his path on starboard, he completely lost his temper. (Huh??!!) He also said that besides the fact that we were technically in the right (I liked that expression!), he felt that I should have waved him through and allowed him to win Class 1 (which he did anyway) and we could then have proceeded unfettered to lead Class 2…..This is the kind of thinking at our club, which I am trying to get unbundled. Why on earth should a smaller starboard tacker, duck behind a big port tacker (unless the smaller boat tactically wants to do that)? This story too, will go public today. I don’t really care how good, or how famous, or celebrated these guys are. It is wrong. Period!
Today will also mark the unveiling of a new page on this website, which I will call the ‘Hall of Shame’ – all these incidents will be recorded here for the world to see. Anyone who experiences this same type of big boat bullying is welcome to send me the brief details for publication. Let the crusade begin.