Re: Know the rules!
Sail/sail: starboard over port, leeward over windward
Sail/power: sail wins (unless power is *really* huge and/or hard to steer e.g. deep draft, restricted, etc and you should't be that close to him in the first place, what were you thinking?)
How hard was that??
I wonder if some of these 'close encounters of the stupid kind' are more about bad attitude than rules ignorance?
Or alcohol? say it ain't so...
then again, I have raced on boats whose booms say, in very large letters on the port side (only):
"WATCH OUT FOR STARBOARD TACKERS!!"
This has actually been helpful to me in the heat of the moment....;-)