Lake Swimming/Open Water Swimming

Lake Swimming/Open Water Swimming

Post by Cheryl Stewa » Fri, 02 Oct 1992 00:58:58


Why do power boats always take precedence over swimmers?

A couple years ago, the Ithaca Times ran a story about a
police officer with the duty of zooming around in a power
boat in order to police other power boat users.  

The only two swimming areas on Lake Cayuga are two pathetic
little 75 yard swimming areas, with power-boat launches on
either side.  

Still, people like to swim across the lake because its a mile
wide.  Usually a little dinghy with an "egg-beater" engine
will accompany.

Mr. Serve and Protect Police officer offered in his interview
with the Ithaca times that this was "stupid" of the swimmers.
to endanger themselves this way, what with all the power boats
who of course had the god-given RIGHT to zoom around at top
speed.

Personally, I think that power-boat owners are a whole lot
more stupid than swimmers, what with the way they pollute the
water, endanger themselves and others zooming around on tiny
little lakes stoked up on a sixpack of beer....really now,
who is the stupid party here?

I think it's stupid to even allow power-boats on lakes at
all, since it endangers swimmers, fish, algae, kayakers and
canoeists.  

So where are the militant lake swimmers?  Are we here, or what?

Ban the Boats,

Cheryl

 
 
 

Lake Swimming/Open Water Swimming

Post by James Peter » Fri, 02 Oct 1992 01:45:23

Quote:

>Why do power boats always take precedence over swimmers?

>A couple years ago, the Ithaca Times ran a story about a
>police officer with the duty of zooming around in a power
>boat in order to police other power boat users.  

>The only two swimming areas on Lake Cayuga are two pathetic
>little 75 yard swimming areas, with power-boat launches on
>either side.  

>Still, people like to swim across the lake because its a mile
>wide.  Usually a little dinghy with an "egg-beater" engine
>will accompany.

>Mr. Serve and Protect Police officer offered in his interview
>with the Ithaca times that this was "stupid" of the swimmers.
>to endanger themselves this way, what with all the power boats
>who of course had the god-given RIGHT to zoom around at top
>speed.

>Personally, I think that power-boat owners are a whole lot
>more stupid than swimmers, what with the way they pollute the
>water, endanger themselves and others zooming around on tiny
>little lakes stoked up on a sixpack of beer....really now,
>who is the stupid party here?

>I think it's stupid to even allow power-boats on lakes at
>all, since it endangers swimmers, fish, algae, kayakers and
>canoeists.  

>So where are the militant lake swimmers?  Are we here, or what?

>Ban the Boats,

>Cheryl

in open water swimming having an escort boat is a fact of life, not
a luxury but a necessity. i would not have attempted to swim around
manhattan without an escort boat especially on the east river which
is a rather busy shipping channel. an escort boat is required by the
manhattan island swimming assoc, english channel, boston harbor...etc.

this sounds an awful lot like the bike vs car debate. a biker may be
in the right but if he ends up as a hood ornament it is a rather moot
point.

my two cents.

real men don't wear *** but they do swim with escort boats,


 
 
 

Lake Swimming/Open Water Swimming

Post by Larry Fogelqui » Sun, 04 Oct 1992 08:09:56

This item looks like it could/should be cross posted to rec.boats.