Sorry Skipper, I drew out the situation to view it. If you were on starboard tack, that means you had the wind coming from starboard and you were on a broad reach which you then had the means to maneuver.
Maneuverability is not part of rule 12 and they were not constricted by draft or other wise encumbered.. Starboard tack has stand on status over port tack (see rule 12 bellow).
He was on a not on a dead run if he was on port tack he had the wind coming over the port quarter on a run on Port Gybe.
Yep he was on port tack and I don't recall reading that he gibed the vessel. Again, the vessel on port tack, in the OP's description, is the give way vessel.
He had the right of way as he, as you have described it, was on your starboard side.
This was not windward / leeward situation it was a clear port/stbd tack situation. The vessel on stbd tack was stand on over the vessel on port tack.
If this is true and I have it right, He was the stand on vessel. I most cases I would try early on to give way if at all safe for me to do so as it would be easier for me to maneuver as it would be for him to gybe under Spinnaker, just to be safe and courteous.
If I have interpeted this incorrectly then who knows??
Based on the data given by the OP you have indeed somehow interpreted this incorrectly. Here's the link to the 72 COLREGS: 72 COLREGS
You might want to re-read 72 COLREGS
, rule 12, as it's actually quite easy to understand and amazingly clearly worded.
(a)When two sailing vessels are approaching one another, so as to involve risk of collision, one of them shall keep out of the way of the other as follows:
(b)For the purposes of this Rule the windward side shall be deemed to be the side opposite that on which the mainsail is carried or, in the case of a square-rigged vessel, the side opposite to that on which the largest fore-and-aft sail is carried.
- when each has the wind on a different side, the vessel which has the wind on the port side shall keep out of the way of the other;
- when both have the wind on the same side, the vessel which is to windward shall keep out of the way of the vessel which is to leeward;
- if a vessel with the wind on the port side sees a vessel to windward and cannot determine with certainty whether the other vessel has the wind on the port or on the starboard side, she shall keep out of the way of the other.