The arguments for extras first seem to be -
- They don't have to get thru a slower fleet. - But these days lots of fast boats do go extras free so it is inevitable they will sail past slower boats that have kites at times. Also if you have a kite or not, if you can't miss a boat in front of you should you really be on the bloody water. So I'm not entirely sure that argument stacks up most of the time.
- Non extras tend to be the less experienced - Condescending bollocks is all I can come up with on that one.
- Kites do longer courses so need to go first - Yeap but far from always. If they do the same course then that argument fails totally.
- Saves congestion at rounding Marks - Dwaddle. How many times do we round marks in amongst a range of Divisions, flying extras or knot, so that argument fails. Also with many clubs using the same marks finding yourself going around one one way when another fleet is rounding the other isn't unheard of... yet we all generally get around unscathed.
In these fast changing times where we are seeing a big growth in Roast Chicken racing are we not taking them as seriously as we do boats that fly extras? I'm thinking there is an argument, at times, that says No we probably aren't and that's just wrong.