If your boat paddles 50 metres away from the start line, there is no way we can restart the race unless for “extraordinary circumstances”. So just assume that there’s a boat in your radar, don’t be scared. Paddle twice as hard as you normally do and hopefully everyone will do the same to avoid the collision. You can’t turn back, so might as well keep going! Tough it out! Remember the chain of command: Race official->Steerer->Caller&Paddlers. We don’t take commands from race officials. Steerer will and it’s up to them to make the call and we only listen to our boat and our steerer.
This is why we practice a lot of mock races during practice so we aren’t easily intimidated by boats around us.
🙂 TADA!! encourage your pod to be alert and paddle like you’re the hulk
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