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Brightlingsea start (and finish) their races in a fairly narrow creek, before racing out in the large estuary / sea. The creek has a speed limit (which the harbour master enforces). The sailing club has negotiated a compromise:

The races can continue to start / finish in the creek, as long as the very fast speeds are removed. So: any catamaran (remember: this is the home of Olympic cat gold medals) has to drop its kite when entering the creek. They are still WAY over the speed limit when on a close reach, but the compromise keeps everyone relatively happy.

It might help that the Harbour Master has in the past taught many of the club members to sail!

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Surely he knows that a lot of fast boats can go faster on a two sail reach (especially in big windds) than they could possibly go with the kite up?

On a related note: I've heard tale of a harbour master at Weston fining a large fleet of Fireflies for tacking up a channel rather than proceeding straight along it? Reputedly they sent him the cheque for the fine (out of class funds) stapled to a long letter explaining how sailing boats work?
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Precisely: which is why its always worth discussing a compromise.

The Harbour Master can now report to his masters and any pesky jet-skier that the fast cats have to lower their sails... Meanwhile the cats promise not to get in the way of any yachts trying to manouvre into the moorings.

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Originally posted by alstorer

Surely he knows that a lot of fast boats can go faster on a two sail reach (especially in big windds) than they could possibly go with the kite up?

 

I remember a very windy Brightlingsea Hurricane 59 nats when we came down the river at full chat on a broad reach in a good 6-7.  Probably doing 20kts and we could NOT slow down...

good compromise!

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