Windseekers Late Spring #1
Summers here! Great start to the Late Spring Series with wind in the bottom part of the Bay, sunshine, and 36 boats on the start line. The finish line crossed by 35 as Ruby Tuesday blew out her mainsail in prestart leaving us short by one. Then we got the news via VHF Wild Thing DSQ’d herself stating they had used their motor past the Preparatory Signal. Make it official 34 finishers.
This is the second race in a row were a competitor has done the right and honorable thing and DSQ’d. In the previous race, spring #5, Constellation radioed and DSQ’d for not exonerating themselves after hitting the start pin and then running their engine to extract from the mark. We never saw a thing on Romeo Charlie without their honesty and integrity we would have never known. It’s all about the basic principles of the Racing Rules of Sailing. It’s below.
Competitors in the sport of sailing are governed by a body of rules that they are expected to follow and enforce. A fundamental principle of sportsmanship is that competitors break a rule they will promptly take a penalty, which may be to retire.
Unlike any sport I know, there is an official for every competitor. And that official is you. What is most rewarding is to see it in practice. Let’s keep it going,
Race Chair CYCT