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    How do you stop a British Seagull?

    As a kid in sea scouts I found the easiest way to stop a seagull outboard was to put my hand over the air intake worked pretty well, starting one much harder
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    Not shy but retiring

    So picture the scene we were over 9 hours and 3/4 of the way through a sweltering and one of the most difficult RTI races for many a year. The wind had been on/off all day, the crew were straining what was left of their eyes and brain to keep the boat going against the tide but there was a problem. Every few minutes a retired boat under engine would power through close by to windward many still with their sails up, some creating a big wash, others just dosing out bad air, one even luffed us. What a pitiful lack of seamanship often from boats with crews that should know better. Perhaps the worst came from a crew that sailed the bigger boat with its A sail all over our breeze and then stopped and as we started to sail through their lee, in the following order; helpfully put up the ensign so that we knew they were retiring, fired up the engine in slow ahead, dropped the A sail, opened a beer and then chugged away slowly continuing to give us bad air. No amount of rule making or protests would have made any difference, but a little respect and some knowledge might.