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COURTESY AND RESPECT

Posted by Terry Smith on July 8, 2019 at 8:35 AM

Hi guys,

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it has been brought to my notice that a degree of discourtesy/disrespect has crept into our sailing. I take full blame for this as I have failed to notice it while being distracted by other things in my personal life.

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The problem mainly occurs when we have a specific class sailing day - A Class, Marblehead etc.. On those occasions we ask other classes to please give the courtesy of 'room' to the day-specific class at buoys and in general sailing. This is purely as a courtesy not a hard and fast rule. At all times the sailing rules of the road still apply regardless of which fleet you are sailing in, and even if you are only sailing casually.

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We have a large disparity in the skills level of our sailors and those with more experience can become frustrated by those with less water-years under their belt. It is my view that the more skilled sailors have a duty of courtesy to the up-coming sailors of politely showing how conflicts can best be avoided and what actions would best fit the 'courtesy' model. Berating other sailors for real or supposed transgressions can only lead to ill-will. A little advice in a timely manner must be to the benefit of all and the sport in general.

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Respect and Courtesy are both two way streets. If the older sailors give the respect/courtesy of coaching others out of awkward situations, and newer sailors heed this coaching, we can all have less stressful sailing.

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We all do out 'narna' occasionally and quite often it can be done in a humourous and entertaining manner. However, we must always be aware that we can be causing friction. It is a fine line. I greatly value the experienced sailors for their knowledge. I greatly value the newer sailors for they are our future and a pond with only one or two boats on it will please nobody.

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Again, my apologies to any newer sailors who, rightly, feel that I have not acted in a timely manner. I value your sailing.

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I also apologise to the experienced sailors for not giving more coaching to the newer guys so that potential conflicts would not arise.

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Please, everyone, take a deep breath, settle back and sail with courtesy and respect.

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The bottom line is that we are all supposed to be having fun.


Categories: General, 2019

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