Originally Posted by hellosailor
" while about 15 beautiful old wooden boats sailed across his bow. "
Any sailor can tell you, brightwork & varnish have absolute right of way regardless of tonnage. Neptune has a special trident for anyone who damages ten coats of varnish.
In an effort to stay alive for many years in and out of SF Bay, I just assumed any boat half again bigger than mine had the right of way. And, tried to avoid those racing folks screaming "starboard" at each other.