Last night, before dark, I was sailing on a small lake in Seattle (Lake Union), I was doing a little impromptu racing with two other boats, (a C&C 34 and a 40'ish, something or other), we where neck and neck, about 25-30 feet apart. We were all beating into the wind, going about 6 knots. The leeward boat was literally 15 feet from the shore (piers and docks along the shore), I was in the middle and the boat to my port was to the wind. Up ahead, coming straight at us, was the Charter boat pictured below; he had plenty of time to motor in front of us and towards the middle of the lake, but he held his course, as did all three of us.
The "yacht" passed along my starboard side, about 10 feet away, my mast was within a couple of feet, as I was heeled over a few degrees. The yacht was going about 7-8 knots, maybe a little faster and was fully loaded with a group of guests. After it passed, the other two boats and I just shrugged our shoulders, shook our heads and kept up our little race, (which I lost as soon as we headed back downwind). Obviously for safety reasons, I should have aborted, and gone for a tack, but was I in the right? I see this charter boat a lot, it's moored close to me and I am so tempted to go down and exchange
words with Captain Right of Way, What would you do? What would you have done?
Charter Boat website