Classifying their actions as arrogance is an interesting take on the event. It does rather overlook the fact that they might have been expressing concern for the sailor's ultimate safety. The Navy has just as much right to utilize international waters as the next person.
Absolutely. And I'm not necessarily advocating to just ignore them. I interact w/ the military quite a lot in my work and I see on a DAILY basis how they completely ignore LAW and REGULATIONS (often at risk to the general public!) and do what they want. Not sure that running an exercise and telling yachts they can't utilize a large part of the open ocean isn't arrogance.
Not trying to pick a fight w/ anyone over this; was just a conversation that came up.
And while I'm not fully versed in admiralty law, I find it interesting that a US citizen would be expected to comply w/ a Navy order anywhere in the world, regardless of circumstances; what recourse would one have? Pick up your satphone and call your Congress critter?