Another proper course question
Of course they cannot ram. Was being sarcastic.
My main problem with Rule 17 is its subjective nature. This could lead to situations where each of the L and W boats think they have the right of way and hold course til the last possible moment.
I like rules that have one interpretation much better. If the leeward boat always had they right of way (which I think is so often the case W can usually ignore rule 17) then this situation would be avoided.
I really do not like a situation where two skippers know the rules and each think they are right.