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I don't think it makes any difference if one is hove to on the starboard tack or the port tack.
Also, I agree with "sense" of dog's original post, but believe he cited the wrong rule. It's not "vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver", but rather, "vessel not under command". The definition under Rule 3 is:
(f) The term "vessel not under command" means a vessel which through some exceptional circumstance is unable to maneuver as required by these Rules and is therefore unable to keep out of the way of another vessel. Unquote
A sailing vessel, when hove to, isn't able to keep out of the way of another vessel, since it's movement is wholly up to the circumstances of wind, wave, current, and her characteristics while hove to....forereaching, leeway, etc.
While a powerboat may not recognize the condition of being "hove to", another sailboat certainly should be able to recognize another sailboat which is hove to, and should take action to stay clear....quite irrespective of who's on what tack. IMO.