longwhitecloud wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:24 am
What windsurfers can just drop in on kitesurfers lol wtf!
I get out my little red flag and waterproof sailing rules book as i use my priority rights to enter the water, always goes down well with the friendly locals.
Here is another awesome example of how kiteboarding isnt sailing and how you cannot just apply the rules of one sport to another.! In fact, in law where I live, it isnt classed as a sailing - it is classed as a surf vessel, and if these dumb sailing kooks think they can change that, they have another thing coming.
Simply eurocentricity. When you are well travelled you know reality - that anyone in their right mind would take the trouble to respect local tradition and laws at teh spots they ride. Get out your international sailing kook book and you are likely to have it swiftly jammed up your ass.
I'm not from sailing background, neither I endorse kite being on sailing. We are a completely different sport.
But we do need rules and:
1.- I can only anticipate your trajectory if you don't change it suddenly.
That is why for me and the majority of people you need to keep track to maintain priority, and you lose it every time you change direction.
2.- if you can't change your direction easily or that quick change will get you in harm's way you should have the priority.
So this goes to beginners, people body dragging, people on the beach, etc.
3.- the collision course situation is not solved by the previous 2, so it's common knowledge to give priority to the rider going to the right. So if you have the red part of the bar in front, you lose priority.
Golden rule: avoid a collision at all time.
Local rules have nothing to do with this and should be respected if there is a forbidden place or any other laws they should be regarded but I don't think any of them apply to our riding.
I taught and traveled all over the world so I have seen a lot of different realities.