New to Sailing, please Help =)
I was taught to steer the sailboat straight at them, as if to run them down, because you want to be sure you are close enough to them to recover them on the first try. You don''t want to have to go around and try a second time. A sailboat approach to a MOB isn''t made at a speed that is likely to hurt the person in the water. It''s more important that you recover the person on the first try than on which side you recover them.