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Another proper course question

Lots of people have problems with the above-described situation because the windward boat thinks that their proper course is THE proper course, and that therefore the leeward boat can''t make them head any higher than they, the windward boat, wants to go. Lots of yelling "Go back to proper course!" ensues from the windward boats in these situations, as if there were only one proper course for the two boats.

If the leeward boat is heading higher (and going faster, btw, or they wouldn''t be establishing the overlap), the higher course IS Leeward''s proper course, and she is perfectly entitled to hold to it. As stated above, Windward must keep clear.
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