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Old 28 July 2008, 13:31   #1
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To wave or not to wave!

I like to think of myself as a friendly sort of person, but I find that half of all sailing boat skippers (sweeping statement) I pass, never look up and respond to my gesture of camaraderie. After all, were all out to enjoy ourselves in one way or another.

I wonder if these same skippers would be so up their own arse when in need of assistance. There spoilt this thread with my bad language.

Have we gained a reputation or what! or are there always a small minority of jerks at the helm?
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Old 28 July 2008, 13:46   #2
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I think that the vast majority of people out there are enjoying themselves and are having a fun time whether at three or thirty knots. There are idiots in hard boats AND in ribs who carve up sailing boats, deliberately or in ignorance, and that doesn't help with relationships.

I do however wave. If they want to ignore it, fine. I hope it makes them feel good.

BUT you have hit the nail on the head, it will be a different attitude when they are being blown onto Brambles Bank with a line around the prop and no wind!

Let's keep our friendly attitude and try to convert then!
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Old 28 July 2008, 14:08   #3
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I thinks there's an inbred resentment amongst some skippers. And I'm sure it's worse in the busier larger ports. I tend to find smaller harbours have friendlier sailors, something to do with there being less pressure and they are more genuine in their reason to be there to enjoy the water.
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I find that if you continue to wave more and more they eventually wave back just to shut you up.

All these years in sales means I have a fairly thick skin when it comes to rejection.
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I generally find that you can get an acknowledgement for a wave. Everytime if you send one over their Stern
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Sailors don't like motor-boaters. Just the way it is.
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I always wave if possible, just to be friendly, but on a busy weekend in the Solent you'd end up with a sore arm!
I sometimes just get the Smaller Nashers to wave, and they usually get a reply.

Mr Halliday and Mr 7 tell me its much more fun to dip your flag to anything from the 'Grey Funnel line'.

I look forward to seeing how this thread progresses.
The 'wave issue' pops up in the motorcycle press quite often, its usually the Brand new sports bike riders and 'weekend warrior' Harley riders that get the flack for not waving.

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I always wave if possible, just to be friendly, but on a busy weekend in the Solent you'd end up with a sore arm!
I sometimes just get the Smaller Nashers to wave, and they usually get a reply.
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We get so little traffic we always wave - they always wave back. A couple of years back, The World was in town (see below - stock pic) so we motored out in our wee 6m RIB for a gawk, all eight of us. We sat motionless, awed, as she slid up the Foyle past us and then....

The passengers (tenents) started waving at us! So we made with the waving back thing. Lesson learned, keep up the waving.
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Sailors don't like motor-boaters. Just the way it is.
Why's that then?
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Over here waves is to all mariners, RIBbers, hardboaters, kayaking, sailing boaters, fishing vessels small and big and ferries, it is comming even on our gravel roads waving is essential, although not so common on our tarmac roads anymore.

To me it is a good habit.... and show good manners

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