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post #22 of Old 05-23-2013
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Re: dnf because of county police boat?

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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.
Not necessarily. The sailboat is the "stand on" vessel and must maintain his course. The police boat was the "give way" vessel.

If the sailboat was rapidly changing course while rounding a mark he was not "standing" on his course.

This is a regular argument between power and sailboats. It makes things very difficult for a powerboat trying to stay out of the way of a sailboat when the sailboat jibes and tacks and demands that the powerboat keep changing course to stay out of its way. If this is what happened I don't blame the cops for being ticked off.

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