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I sail parallel to a tall ship (Empire Sandy; I've posted pics) here in Toronto, as they motorsail about as fast as I can go balls out, but I ALWAYS sail on the windward side and keep off about three boatlengths off their beam. That's 100 feet.
I treat large boats under sail or indeed any ship over twice my length very much like I treat streetcars when I bicycle: sure, they USUALLY don't make sudden moves, but that doesn't mean you rub against them!
I read part of that SA thread (never been there before), and it confirms two things: 1) People sure like to forward opinions without all the facts in, and 2) SA is a pretty unpleasant forum with more assholes than a proctologist's scrapbook.