Setting up a proper safety management system is only half the battle. Attracting a diverse group requires proper and repeated messaging.
The Florida Power Boat Club runs as many lead boats as required and for at least the past five years has had the 55-65 MPH group on the large runs.
He have also set up the 110 and above group to get the faster boats out and away from everyone else. Remember Key West 2007 we had five departure groups on Thrusday alone.
"It's not what you do, it's how well you do it"
We had a closing rate of 257 MPH with the boat that was coming towards us.
I've been lucky enough to run as a navigator with the guys from Typhoon for the last 8 years in the 1000 Islands PR, we've ben a pace boat for 5 of them.
The year they stopped sending the under 75mph out first was a huge step towards making the run safer.
If you want to see the fast boats run, then tie up on the side of the run.
On an Open Ocean run you might have room to let the fast boats through, on a river run, (and the St. Lawrence isn't a small river) there is just no room.
Last edited by bluellama; 03-11-2009 at 05:26 PM.
Last edited by Ms PatriYacht; 03-11-2009 at 07:14 PM.
I also agree that all the faster boats should go first.. Let them get out and blow off the Adrenaline they need to. I think it is way to unsafe to have the big Super Cats blow by the little guy.. He may hear them coming and move to the right or left to see them " rip by" ( as someone put)... and things happen too quick.. Send them out Fastest to Slowest.. The fast one can get to the card stops/ lunch quickest. Serve Lunch when the slow boats get there... Lets the Fast boats Refuel for the ride home... and tighten all the hardware they just loosened.
Just my .02
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