We are in winter and that means our Cast-for-Cash anglers will most likely encounter fog some time during the tournament season, whether it is at the start, or a few kilometres away.
It blameis everybody'scannot be responsibilityshifted to tournamentto take care organisers,in such conditionsother boaters and or anybody else. Everybody has to take care!
As for organisers it goes without saying that a tournament cannot start if there is no safe light and visibility of at least 500 meters. If an organiser does make the decision that the tournament can start and you (as a qualified skipper) feels uncomfortable, then it still remains the skipper's prerogative to participate in the start or not. Don't leave the ramp area, or don't launch at all... there is a reason it's called "safe light". Nobody can be forced to take off and “race” in unsafe conditions.
Then what is expected of the skipper? Safety first; that is your own safety and your boat partner's. Then also, in a civilised community it is expected that we will look after our fellow angler's safety as well. Therefore; in any low light conditions you have to know your position and turn on your boat's navigation lights. If you can't see… stay where you are! Move to the right, beach, shut down the main engine and listen for oncoming boats. If you do decide to drive, then; slow down and move aside, not only to not hit other boats, but also to watch for any other objects in, or on the water like canoes, fence posts, drifting logs, etc. Remember to maintain a safe speed so that you can take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions. (Safe speed is at which you are willing to hit something.) Remember that it is not safe to overtake, even if you are convinced that you are a “better” skipper with more experience. All boaters who didn't move aside and want to continue driving, will have to fall in a single line with a safe distance between them (depending on the visibility). Because the main motor is running you are suppose to have your PFD (lifejacket) on and if not, get it on!
At the end of the day – every skipper is still responsible for his own and his partner's safety.