Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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It is difficult to imagine the scene described in the lead post. Which side did you have to leave the finish mark? If to Starboard, HE may have been entitled to room. His "heading you up" may have been him trying to get around the mark. If he had an overlap with you at the 2-boatlength circle and was the inside boat, you would have to give him room, even if he was on Port tack. If you had to leave the finish mark to Port, his "heading you up" makes no sense. If you are on starboard tack with the chute up, and a boat on port slides in front of you, and you then come up to him and pass him, how is he going to head you up? You're on starboard AND (if you're leaving the mark to Port) you're the inside boat. He's on port; it isn't a windward/leeward situation. He has no rights, and might as well start doing his penalty circles right then.
Rule 18.2 outlines the basic rule for overlapped boats rounding a mark. It says the outside boat has to give the inside boat room to get around the mark. If the inside boat also has right of way, the outside boat also has to keep clear. So... a lot depends here on which side you were supposed to leave the finish mark. If you were leaving it to starboard, you needed to give him enough room so he could get around it. If you were leaving it to port, he needed to not only give you room but also keep clear of you. Hope this helps.