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Old 09-05-2015, 09:31 PM
Jus Teasin
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
guy in boat going forward was supposed to yield to boat coming in on right. He should of seen that the angles weren't changing. Oh wait....are all rules off in a race?
Actually, in a sailing race, "Boats on a port tack shall keep clear of boats on starboard tack" (Rule 10), is a rule that typically trumps all the other rules.

In this case, the boat that veered sharply was on a starboard tack (wind coming from the starboard side of the boat), and had the right of way.

But a rule that trumps the above rule is, "Even if you have right-of-way, it is your duty to avoid a collision, once it becomes apparent that the other boat is not keeping clear" (Rule 14).