taabsr wrote: ↑Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:35 pmLike in sailing 2 things you should have in mind:vela99 wrote: ↑Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:30 pmOne thing I find difficult to deal with is that there are kite specific rules which other spor users like windsurfers or sailors may not know about. The more specific rules are the more difficult it becomes.
I for one did not know that a kiter has the right of way when entering the water until I started kiting. It makes sense but many windsurfers do not know this.
By the way, I always thought the sailor going out against the breaking waves has the right of way over the sailor on the wave unless specific wave spot rules apply. Has this general rule changed? I doubt it.
1.- avoid the collision at all times.
2.- the lower ability to maneuver determines priority.
Lot's of people including windsurfers don't care about these rules, unfortunately.
If you are on a proper wave you will have a harder time to change direction because your maneuver space is limited by the wind and wave, if you are going out against the wave in between the waves you can quickly turn around and get away from there to return after the wave has passed.
I agree 100% with your points 1. and 2.
But a kiters ability to maneuver going out against breaking waves is much higher than a windsurfer ability to maneuver which is probably the reason why the rule is exactly the other way around in windsurfing (in the meantime I have verified that this rule has not changed). This in itself is a problem. The kiter on the wave believes he has the right of way and the windsurfer going out against the wave believes he has the right of way.
Point 2 is consistently applied. This is what I meant with the difficulty with specific rules.
I do not agree that windsurfers do not care about kite rules, at least not to a larger degree than kiters do not care about windsurfing rules. Only kiters just do not know only windsurfing rules and windsurfers do not know kiter rules. This is a problem by definition.