Midwest Puddle Pirate
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Gardner, KS
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I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I have a similar question.
In our big labor day race I was involved in a collision (if you can call it that). After rounding the upwind mark, I found myself very close to another boat. Both of us were going downwind but he was slightly ahead of me on the port side. By slightly ahead I mean that his stern was about 2 feet ahead of my stern. The wind was coming from the rear but just slightly to the starboard side. So I was just upwind of him on 2 counts. I was hugging him pretty close to block some of his wind so we were about a foot apart. While giving instruction to his inexperienced crew (his wife) he didn't pay attention to the tiller and came up into me.
No flags were thrown and no paint was swapped. I crew on his other boat during our regular racing series, so I didn't want to throw a flag on him anyway.
Since I was upwind of him, was I obligated to avoid him, or was he at fault for changing course into me?
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