Aug 8, 2006, 6:48 AM
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Has this ever happened to you? Excerpt from the BBR article in Scuttlebutt:
Buzzards Bay Regatta incident
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"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.