- Thanks for appreciation and your ideas.
I am trying to promote KiteRegs
in Poland just by KS shops, schools and dealers. I am waiting for answer from Nobile. If positive we would see the promotion running on a fast track.
The book and the poster are copyrighted. Tomorrow I will speak to the publisher to get more details.
I believe that it would not be a problem to publish the book in any language in Poland and ship it around the globe. The proper translations may take extra time and money.
I published it from my private money and I do not want to spent more for unnecessary translations. I would go for it only for serious orders (including Japanese
) – let’s say more than 500 books.
The cost of a single booklet with the inserted poster including shipping should not be higher than 5€ if ordered in reasonable amounts.
The production of big info boards is a more complicated matter. It is rather expensive staff and I would prefer to send a pdf file to persons interesting to produce it at own place.
A symbolic fare for a declared amount of produced boards would make it somehow controllable and fair.
I can confirm that the booklet and the poster look much better in reality than on the picture. It was published on a high quality paper with varnished covers.
Everybody who saw it was well impressed
Anyway I would appreciate if you like the idea please speak to your friends on spots, shop and schools owners about this project. If you are in touch with gear manufactures than ask them if they would be interested to promote KiteRegs
– you are right. I have spent hours watching for any mistake and have missed it.
Shame on me
I will remove the red downwind part of the arrow on next issues. Let’s say it presents waves give-way rule in symbolic way now - thanks
- I am afraid but it looks you did not read these rules. Please click this:
..and check Rule5 which states:
Rule 5 – Multiperson meeting (Rule 4 (Starboard-tack) is not applicable)
5.1. The most upwind rider raises his/her kite to the highest point and the most downwind rider lowers his/her kite to the lowest point. Other riders passing between the riders at the extremes set their kites in intermediate positions in order to avoid kite tangling.
5.2. It is recommended that meetings involving more than two riders be avoided whenever possible.
And comments to this rule:
Rule 5. The multiperson meetings increase the risk of collisions and should be avoided. It concerns especially beginners. ...
....For example: the starboard tack rider meets with two port tack riders kiting in parallel direction, 10 meters apart. The upwind port rider is on the collision course with the starboard one. If he complies with Rule 4 he should go downwind to give way to the starboard one. But he cannot do this, because he simultaneously has to give way to the downwind rider who for instance additionally might be overtaken.
Taking into account the possible effects of a collision during these meetings, the special principle has been created. This principle distinguishes kitesurfing from the other water sports. During meetings involving more than two riders no one is privileged, but each must respond as a give-way rider! It means that everybody has to take an avoiding action once he realises that such meeting is going to take place. The most common action performed is a small course alternation and setting the kite in a way to avoid tangling.
In simple words: Starboard-tack rule does not exist if you meet with two or more kitesurfers!
I agree with you that we are different than yachts, windsurfers etc. Please read this:
These Rules are based on ColRegs, state rules, sailing and windsurfing regulations. Had not kitesurfing been different from the sailing, it would be the simplest way just to adopt the sailing regulations. Such a situation happened when windsurfing appeared on the water scene. However, a kitesurfer differs from a yacht, a motor boat or even a windsurfer – at first glance we see a completely new design of propulsion. The kitesurfer sails on a small, light weight board weighing only 3 kg and the source of the propulsion is a kite flying 30 meters away with its square surface of up to 20 m2. When the kite flies above water it occupies exactly the same width as a container vessel of length of 250 meters! At the same time, the manoeuvrability of advanced rider is comparable with a jet-ski. On top of that some of us are able, like a hydroplane, to jump into air on 10-15 meter levels and finally land 100 meters below. We are able to become airborne for 10 seconds or more. Imagine that a container vessel, with manoeuvrability and speed of a jet-ski and ability to take off, is given into the hands of youngster who has just finished a few hours of a kitesurfing course. It is the highest concern of all of us that even such an inexperienced person will ride safely, obeying clearly explained and standardized rules.
The creation of three exceptions to the yachting rules is caused by the otherness of kitesurfing to other water sports and risk minimizing. The author hopes that they will be accepted by all water users. The first exception refers to the possibility of reducing speed by the stand-on rider while overtaking. The second exception concerns meetings of more than two riders, during which there is no stand-on rider. The third difference is in the introduction of the precise length of power-driven crafts, whom we give the way to. Detailed explanations were given in the comments to the relevant rules.
It took almost one year to write these rules and comments to them. I believe the rules and the poster proposed by me are clearer and precise than anything till now. But if you have a better proposals please do not hesitate and create a kitesurfing bible spreading peace, freedom and understanding on the water like this
(Poland, Hel Peninsula where Nobile boards are tested):
By the way the bible is based on rules too