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.”