Maybe it’s only in the UK, but the ongoing conflicts between motor boats and sailing vessels continues to fill the pages of our yachting press. The power boaters can’t understand why the yachts constantly change direction without warning (it’s called tacking); while the yachtsmen are equally vocal about powerboats passing close by, at high speed, kicking up a huge and dangerous wash.
Of course the exception proves the rule. The other day I was drifting around in my dinghy off Lands End Hard, I would have said I was sailing, but there was so little wind. Stuck right in the middle of the channel as I was, the owner of this powerboat, named “Ariadne” not only changed course, but slowed right down as he passed causing hardly a ripple.
As they went by I gave a wave of thanks, but I don’t think he understood how grateful I was, so if you are reading this, thank you, your courteous action was very much appreciated.