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post #22 of Old 06-26-2013
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Re: Know the rules!

I was on port last weekend and ducked by a boat on starboard with about 10 boat lengths clearance and both boats moving at a fair clip in good wind.

We'd tacked just previously, a line got snagged on a hatch - I have no idea why it was loose enough to snag. The hatch broke and we were just regaining headsail control as the other boat started to duck (we'd have been well clear ahead without the faschnaffle).

We weren't racing and while there was time for us to get out of the way still I can understand why the other boat took a cautious approach and I waved and hollered my apologies. With 5 non sailors and 3 sailors on board I'll admit I was happy to not have to tack again at that particular moment.

I'm a Beneteau sailor and writing this has made me feel cleaner.

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