New rules for South Coast (UK) sailors

New rules for South Coast (UK) sailors

Post by Paul Tayl » Thu, 21 Oct 2004 23:42:27


What with winter nearly upon us and the autumn gales wipping up 30 knt
winds week in week out, sea temperatures plummeting, our local council
have decided, once out, we stay out.

And Maui sailors think they have it tough!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/3759898.stm

 
 
 

New rules for South Coast (UK) sailors

Post by Acolma » Fri, 22 Oct 2004 04:31:58

Jesus, that article is SO maddening !   Making it law that windsurfers
must stay at least 200m away from the beach so that they will not hit
swimmers.

Questions:

1.  Exactly how many swimmers have we hit in the last 30 years ?  
*** all I'd guess.
2. How many swimers are going to be in the water when the conditions
are right for good sailing (25+ knot winds).  Not ***y many.  Even
the surfers will be in the bar.

Keep fighting the good fight guys.  This is *not* a dangerous sport.
We need to make sure people see the differene between windsurfers and
Jet-skis.

John.

Quote:

> What with winter nearly upon us and the autumn gales wipping up 30 knt
> winds week in week out, sea temperatures plummeting, our local council
> have decided, once out, we stay out.

> And Maui sailors think they have it tough!

> http://SportToday.org/


 
 
 

New rules for South Coast (UK) sailors

Post by Alan » Fri, 22 Oct 2004 04:54:25

Any specific examples where you have saved swimmers?  In Charleston, SC (US)
I reckon the authorities have come to rely on windsurfers to watch out for
drifting swimmers at a place called Sullivans Island. My friends and I saved
a family of three getting swept out to sea several years ago.

Alan

--
Windsurfing Club: http://SportToday.org/


Quote:
> Jesus, that article is SO maddening !   Making it law that windsurfers
> must stay at least 200m away from the beach so that they will not hit
> swimmers.

> Questions:

> 1.  Exactly how many swimmers have we hit in the last 30 years ?
> *** all I'd guess.
> 2. How many swimers are going to be in the water when the conditions
> are right for good sailing (25+ knot winds).  Not ***y many.  Even
> the surfers will be in the bar.

> Keep fighting the good fight guys.  This is *not* a dangerous sport.
> We need to make sure people see the differene between windsurfers and
> Jet-skis.

> John.




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Quote:
> > What with winter nearly upon us and the autumn gales wipping up 30 knt
> > winds week in week out, sea temperatures plummeting, our local council
> > have decided, once out, we stay out.

> > And Maui sailors think they have it tough!

> > http://SportToday.org/


 
 
 

New rules for South Coast (UK) sailors

Post by Paul Tayl » Fri, 22 Oct 2004 17:16:43

Quote:

> Any specific examples where you have saved swimmers?  In Charleston, SC (US)
> I reckon the authorities have come to rely on windsurfers to watch out for
> drifting swimmers at a place called Sullivans Island. My friends and I saved
> a family of three getting swept out to sea several years ago.

> Alan

> --
> Windsurfing Club: http://SportToday.org/



> > Jesus, that article is SO maddening !   Making it law that windsurfers
> > must stay at least 200m away from the beach so that they will not hit
> > swimmers.

> > Questions:

> > 1.  Exactly how many swimmers have we hit in the last 30 years ?
> > *** all I'd guess.
> > 2. How many swimers are going to be in the water when the conditions
> > are right for good sailing (25+ knot winds).  Not ***y many.  Even
> > the surfers will be in the bar.

> > Keep fighting the good fight guys.  This is *not* a dangerous sport.
> > We need to make sure people see the differene between windsurfers and
> > Jet-skis.

> > John.



> > > What with winter nearly upon us and the autumn gales wipping up 30 knt
> > > winds week in week out, sea temperatures plummeting, our local council
> > > have decided, once out, we stay out.

> > > And Maui sailors think they have it tough!

> > > http://SportToday.org/

Of course one is reminded of the tragic death of local South Coast hot
shot windsurfer Andy Funnell whom died recently, ironically, while out
on his jet ski in dead calm conditions on a barmy warm summers day on
a windless day.
 
 
 

New rules for South Coast (UK) sailors

Post by Glenn Mort » Fri, 22 Oct 2004 21:52:52

How many people swim off Brighton in the winter?

Sandbanks in Ontario has the rule that watercraft must be 400m off
shore, and it is pretty tightly enforced during the peak swimming
months.

Quote:
> I reckon the authorities have come to rely on windsurfers to watch out for
> drifting swimmers at a place called Sullivans Island. My friends and I saved
> a family of three getting swept out to sea several years ago.

> Alan

> --
> Windsurfing Club: http://SportToday.org/



> > Jesus, that article is SO maddening !   Making it law that windsurfers
> > must stay at least 200m away from the beach so that they will not hit
> > swimmers.

> > Questions:

> > 1.  Exactly how many swimmers have we hit in the last 30 years ?
> > *** all I'd guess.
> > 2. How many swimers are going to be in the water when the conditions
> > are right for good sailing (25+ knot winds).  Not ***y many.  Even
> > the surfers will be in the bar.

> > Keep fighting the good fight guys.  This is *not* a dangerous sport.
> > We need to make sure people see the differene between windsurfers and
> > Jet-skis.

> > John.



> > > What with winter nearly upon us and the autumn gales wipping up 30 knt
> > > winds week in week out, sea temperatures plummeting, our local council
> > > have decided, once out, we stay out.

> > > And Maui sailors think they have it tough!

> > > http://SportToday.org/

 
 
 

New rules for South Coast (UK) sailors

Post by Peter » Sat, 23 Oct 2004 01:48:25


Quote:
> How many people swim off Brighton in the winter?

Apart from some headbangers who go out on New Years day as a ritual I'd
imagine the figure is zero.

I want to know how many swimmers brave the shorebreak when it's blowing?

Pete

 
 
 

New rules for South Coast (UK) sailors

Post by Paul Tayl » Sat, 23 Oct 2004 17:06:30

Quote:



> > How many people swim off Brighton in the winter?

> Apart from some headbangers who go out on New Years day as a ritual I'd
> imagine the figure is zero.

> I want to know how many swimmers brave the shorebreak when it's blowing?

> Pete

Zero swimmers I agree. Whenever I am getting ready to launch into a
foaming sea, on a shivering winters day, bystanders remake 'you must
be mad', which of course is true.