This happened on the weekend. We weren't racing or anything, just a fun sail. I'm just curious about what kind of courtesy one should expect.
So I'm beating about as close as I can get (I'm the green boat). On the tack I'm on I should just be able to leave the red buoy to starboard. I can't leave it to port as this would put me on the shoal.
The approaching vessel rounds the marker and sails towards me on a very broad reach - practically a run. She is a Nonsuch and has her sail eased as far out as it will go.
If the Nonsuch veers a few degrees to her starboard I can maintain my heading and get past the marker. We're only talking a few degrees and the Nonsuch has plenty of searoom on her starboard side. If the Nonsuch holds her course, I will be forced to bear off and tack to get around the marker.
Even though the Nonsuch was the stand-on vessel - due to it being on a starboard tack - should her skipper have given way to allow me to pass the buoy without tacking? This would not cause him any inconvenience and would definitely assist me.
Was I expecting too much for the other skipper to have that much situational awareness?
As it turned out the Nonsuch stood on and we waved as we passed; we performed a couple of extra tacks - no harm: no foul.
No animosity - just a question.
What do you think?