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Can't figure out ROW from Racing Rules of Sailing
My green crew and I sailed our first regatta on Labour Day weekend and had fun, but did get yelled at a couple times on the course (I figure that means we must have been doing something right...)
One situation came up though that I can't seem to figure out from the Racing Rules of Sailing.
Boat A is on a downwind leg, spinny flying and the mainsail on the port side (i.e. Boat A is on a Starboard tack). Boat A is sailing her "proper course" directly at the downwind mark in a group of boats from her PHRF fleet.
Boat B is in a faster PHRF fleet and already around the downwind mark, now beating back upwind toward Boat A (and the others) on a close-hauled Starboard tack.
Crew from Boat B starts yelling "Starboard". Crew from Boat A yells back "Starboard!". The boats do end up safely passing one another with a boat length to spare, but with some colourful exchanges between crews.
Who should give way to who? The Racing Rules only seem cover boats on the same tack going in relatively the same direction. But the leeward boat is supposed to keep clear of the windward boat, correct?
In this case, does Boat A as the "windward" boat have RoW? Or is this similar to a starting sequence situation where the leeward boat can force the windward boat "up" across the line (in this case Boat A is screwed being less maneuverable with the spinnaker up)