Would you be happy to drown like a gen­tle­man?

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS LETTER OF THE MONTH -

I am shore­bound now but be­fore that I en­joyed about 50 years of recre­ational sailing in small boats. I en­joy read­ing Yacht­ing Monthly but an item in your Septem­ber is­sue re­ally an­noyed me: Learn­ing how to raise the alarm ( 10 skills to mas­ter be­fore you set sail). What right have peo­ple who go sailing for their own plea­sure to call for as­sis­tance from oth­ers? My an­swer is, em­phat­i­cally, none.

That does not mean that I would not try to help some­one in dif­fi­cul­ties on shore or afloat, I hope that I would. How­ever, call­ing for help be­cause you mis­judged the cir­cum­stances is quite another mat­ter and plea­sure sailors should not do it. Would I use the tra­di­tional dis­tress sig­nals if I needed help? Yes, I ex­pect I would but, in my mind, that is dif­fer­ent from car­ry­ing spe­cial long dis­tance help ap­pa­ra­tus. Hugh Quick

LEFT: Do those who sail for plea­sure have any right to en­dan­ger the lives of res­cue ser­vices by call­ing for help in an emer­gency?

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