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TOPIC: Slow boats, lane one or lane ten?

Slow boats, lane one or lane ten? 2 years 7 months ago #506

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Discussion about where slow boats should run for safety.
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Re: Slow boats, lane one or lane ten? 2 years 7 months ago #507

It's not a safety issue,,,,As long as the driver is maintaining the lane, even though he or she may be a bit slower. He or she should be able to drive in any lane he chooses to.
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Re: Slow boats, lane one or lane ten? 2 years 7 months ago #509

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I agree with Tim but what I do has a CD I ask the driver of the slow boat to
go on the outside if possible and safe to do so, but like Tim says if he/she maintains
there lane they may stay in that chosen lane.

that's my 2 cents

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Luc
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Re: Slow boats, lane one or lane ten? 2 years 7 months ago #510

I think all slow boats should stay in lane one if the driver can keep it there that way if you have more than one slow boat you know where they are and not all over the pond. Your caller should make you aware of where the obstructions are one the course on each lap. It is not the CD's place to tell a driver how to drive his boat so all drivers have to be aware of the conditions and listen to his caller.
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Re: Slow boats, lane one or lane ten? 2 years 7 months ago #511

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As long as a racer is maintaining proper control of his boat a CD can't tell him where to drive. This includes telling drivers to go outside a dead boat or not driving in lane one if they are slow. The only time a CD has the authority to tell a driver how to drive is if they can't maintain proper control, then the CD can warn them followed by ordering the boat off the course and brought in if proper control is still not obtained. Obviously this differs from a racer committing a driving infraction but if a slow boat is running in lane one regardless of if he's just slower than everyone else or "off the pipe" he has every right to be there. Also it is far easier for a pit man to tell his driver to "go out a little" for a slow boat in lane one than to decide which side to overtake and hope said slower boat doesn't move as his driver goes by (seen THAT happen all too often). As I posted on the Dock on this subject the vast majority of the time "problems" like this arise from a pitman watching the boat he's calling for and not looking AHEAD of it for potential issues for his driver, also have seen this way too many times as well. :pinch: :pinch:
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Re: Slow boats, lane one or lane ten? 2 years 7 months ago #512

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Thanks fellas. ;)
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Re: Slow boats, lane one or lane ten? 2 years 7 months ago #513

Right of Way
1. A boat operating in a lane of travel around the course has the right to maintain
that lane of travel without undue interference. Any boat desiring to pass in
order to choose an occupied lane of travel must establish a minimum three boat
length interval before gaining that right.
2. In racing, the natural lane of choice is the lane nearest the course outline. This
lane shall have right of way over other lanes of travel.
3. The above right of ways also applies at the turns.
4. Good driving techniques and sportsmanship decree that a relatively straight
course be driven. Fishtailing, "S" turns or other such tactics to prevent or
hinder an overtaking boat from passing are considered an illegal maneuver
against the lead boat.
5. Violations of "Right of Way" are infractions and will result in lap penalties.
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Re: Slow boats, lane one or lane ten? 10 months 3 weeks ago #675

what Don said....
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Slow boats, lane one or lane ten? 10 months 2 weeks ago #695

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Don nailed it.
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