Originally Posted by sailortjk1
And I don't tack away; I simply fall off and duck under.
This avoidance manouver leads to the Andrea Doria syndrome...
In the rules for power boats, there is an explicit instruction to this effect:
(c) A power-driven vessel which takes action in a crossing situation in accordance with subparagraph (a)(ii) of this Rule to avoid collision with another power-driven vessel shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, not alter course to port for a vessel on her own port side. "
While the rule-writers didn't add the same caveat to the sailboat rules, its the same circumstance...the standon vessel should not turn towards the give-way vessel, or they may end up hunting each other, letting someone duplicate the Andrea Doria.