Great comment! Far better to highlight ice checking, race committee prep, on-site support and vehicles, and highlight the scorers and other volunteers that make our sport safer.
Well said Dan! Ken Smith
Thank you –
Well, that’s one point of view. Here’s another, contrarian that I am. When kids today take Driver Education in high school they are shown the most grizzly, horrific films of car accidents in the hope it might impress future drivers with the reality of what can happen. They now take this to the extreme by staging elaborate accidents with blood, ambulances, cops, etc. attempting to show consequences of poor decisions. We have people entering our sport, most, presumably with good judgement. Realistically not all. We’d been out sailing on Plymouth a few years ago. I came in to the pit area. A newbie was setting up. I went over and said the pond is a bit iffy in spots but one place to avoid is right over there. He nodded, jumped in his boat and made a beeline straight for that spot and went right in. This put several other at risk in retrieving his boat. So I respectively say to you, you have a right to your opinion. I totally disagree. I saw a guy taken away in an ambulance unconscious having come up under his sail, helmut filled with water. I can recount a dozen incidents that if people new about them it would potentially prevent injuries or worse. So sticking your head in the sand and sugar coating it is just plain dumb.