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Buzzards Bay Regatta incident
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Aug 8, 2006, 6:48 AM

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Has this ever happened to you? Excerpt from the BBR article in Scuttlebutt:

"One untoward incident occurred near the end of racing. On their way back to the dock, the entire 19-boat Shields fleet, led by one of America’s best-known sailors, sailed through dozens of still-racing 420’s. When questioned about this later, one Shields skipper responded, “What did you expect us to do, wait 20 minutes until they cleared?” Well, given recent discussions in Scuttlebutt about the attitudes of big boat sailors toward their smaller brethren, and given the fact that 420’s are raced by a younger generation, perhaps some sensitivity to what this scene looked like (and felt like to the kids) might be in order. One Shields sailor that I talked to was mildly apologetic: “We tried not to blanket them.” "

Curious about the circumstance here. Pretty amazing that the Shields fleet couldn't sail around the course, but the one comment made it seem like that was not possible. If that's the case, there must have been numerous instances of interference by day sailors or other BBR entrants.




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Aug 8, 2006, 10:25 AM

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Wow! That is one heck of a self-important move.

Likely the first place guy decided to do it and the others didn't have the courtesy to rethink his/their actions. Following the herd is pretty typical behavior as described by any basic marketing text. But it sure would do a world of good for the Shields fleet to formally apologize for setting such a bad example.


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Aug 8, 2006, 12:40 PM

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Agreed. Most of us understand that you stay clear of boats racing when you are not. Hard to believe that a fleet of sailors who presumably have been racing several hours couldnt wait 20 minutes more.


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Aug 8, 2006, 2:50 PM

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Could one of the 420s protested the big boats under Rule 2 - Fair sailing? Seems pretty unfair to me.


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Aug 10, 2006, 1:35 PM

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The best approach would be to protest under Rule 22 which specifically says that, if reasonably possible, boats not racing shall not interfere with boats that are racing.





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