The rule says after 50m away from the starting line, the official will have no ground to allow re-race unless under “extraordinary circumstances”. So this year, if you see SOME boat coming at you,(you shouldn’t even be looking outside your boat anyway) don’t be scared. JUST DO YOUR THING. There’s no way to turn back or re-race. JUST KEEP GOING! Maybe by doing so, our team will dodge it and win the race! Just keep your mind away from anything else~~ trust your steersperson. Don’t stop unless the steersperson and the official says otherwise.
That explains why this year, John want us to experience “intimate” dragon boat racing with other boats. “get close!~ yeah.. so we can smell them!” We need to practice how to handle the “intimacy”. We have to practice to not fear even if the other team is hitting our paddle!
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