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.
I would suggest that the person contact Senator Charles Shumer, as he is supposed to be working with the local LEOs to reduce the number of boardings and get them to communicate between themselves.
Originally Posted by steel
Isn't a power boat still to give way to a sailboat under sail? If they kept heading across the bow of the police boat I thought the police would have to give way.
Good luck with that. I would doubt they even know the rules of the water. They sure are not going to give right away even if it is due. On the Hudson they are thick with post 911 "Homeland Security" money every department has boats and they like to show there presence.