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post #16 of Old 06-28-2007
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I understand your point of view here, but you really ought to learn the rules regarding right of way. At least learn the "starboard stays" rule. What if, while on a starboard tack, you're sailing next to shallow water, or near a fixed obstacle, or near several other boats? Avoiding another boat when you don't have to could put you in a sticky situation. Chances are the other boat knows you have the right of way, and will be very confused if you try to avoid it, possibly putting it at risk as well. Yes, ultimately, you need to avoid collisions, regardless of who has the right of way, but in my experience most sailors know the basics regarding right of way.
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