At certain times of the year the North Flats can get very crowded. With windsurfers at one end of the beach and kiters at the other end, it's important that we all pay attention to a handful of safety rules that will keep the Flats enjoyable for all.
The USCG has safety boating rules that define who has the right of way on the water. Here's the short version of those right of way rules.
Laguna Madre is a world famous fishing destination and popular wave runner play ground. When the winds' up, fishermen in shallow water vessels prefer to get back to safe harbor as fast as they can. Unfortunately some of them do this by going as fast as the can while hugging the shoreline as close as the water depth will allow them. After a day in the sun fishing and enjoying their favorite adult beverage these boaters pay little attention to anything that might be in their way. So even though you have the right of way over powerboats, please don't think for a moment that a fishing boat going at full throttle through the sailing area is going to stop and let you pass. Please keep an eye open for these careless boaters and yield the right of way to them.
Now that windsurfers and kiteboarders are using the same winds and waterways in close proximity, special attention needs to be taken to these different sports. Do to the large areas needed to launch a kite; it is best for the two sports, to have separate launch areas. Here are a few rules that will make the North Flats safer for all of us.
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