Originally Posted by CalebD
Ok, so I did hear from the fellow who was stopped.
Apparently the Westchester County police boat was hovering near the #8 buoy which was the upwind mark.
The sailboat trying to make the mark initially tried to head in front of the police boat which was moving. Then he changed course to pass the police boat by the stern which was about when they stopped him.
Sounds to me as though the sailboat was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Perhaps I could also say that the police boat was as well.
Obviously the racer's course took him within close proximity to the police boat which seems to be the reason for boarding.
I still don't get the "improper speed" citation though.
I'll be giving any/all LE vessels a wide berth even when racing. We sometimes have to dodge tugs with barges and other large ships; this just adds one more category of boats to avoid.
Aren't the local authorities notified of scheduled races. Even if they wern't, it's usually pretty obvious when a race is in progress. What was the police boat doing sitting in the middle of a race?
Sounds like a simple case of cop on a power trip.
They are never wrong. Even when they are.