Gon­goo­zling dif­fi­cul­ties

Canal Boat - - Letters - ROGER SHARP, via email

OVER MY 40 YEARS of boat­ing (and still learn­ing), the gen­eral at­ti­tude among boaters has been to help and en­cour­age oth­ers (when asked), hav­ing in mind po­ten­tial dan­gers. Boat­ing is a won­der­ful hobby and pas­time but it is not a game.

The ar­ti­cle by Vicky Blick ( CB, May) ap­pears to glory in the dif­fi­cul­ties of other boaters, re­gard­ing their plight as a spec­ta­tor sport. I be­lieve this is fun­da­men­tally wrong and dan­ger­ous. Would she still have re­garded it as funny if the lads who fell in had been in­jured? I hope not. Any po­ten­tial new­comer to boat­ing would be dis­cour­aged by this friv­o­lous ap­proach and would be left with the in­cor­rect im­pres­sion that other boaters would be un­help­ful. Vicky says: “I’m afraid you’ve read too much into the an­tics on the Ken­net & Avon. Of course, we would, and have been, the first to help out, of­fer ad­vice and have com­pas­sion for any­body in what­ever sit­u­a­tion, both on or off the wa­ter.”

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