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Quick summary:

one blast: passing head-on port to port; overtaking on his starboard side
two blasts: passing head-on starboard to starboard; overtaking on his port
three blasts: operating in reverse
five blasts: danger, what are you doing?
Here's the way I remember the one/two blast thing (based on the perspective/intentions of the 'blaster')

One blast (signaling an intention to leave you to port), "PORT" is one syllable = 1 blast

Two blasts (signaling an intention to leave you to starboard) (STARBOARD = 2 syllables,= 2 blasts)

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Things like this seem to be getting more common. Last week we were heading upwind under sail in a stiff breeze. A good size J boat was getting ready for that nights race and was motoring pretty fast beside us to leeward. Without warning he heads into the wind to raise his main, now directly in our path. The only option was to come about hard and hope for the best. I missed him. I was short handed, he had 7 crew on board and not a single one of them even looked to see if they were clear before heading into the wind. I am used to the power boaters doing stunts like this and I know to keep an eye on them and stay clear, but when fellow sailors start actng like fools I am often surprised.
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Things like this seem to be getting more common. Last week we were heading upwind under sail in a stiff breeze. A good size J boat was getting ready for that nights race and was motoring pretty fast beside us to leeward. Without warning he heads into the wind to raise his main, now directly in our path. The only option was to come about hard and hope for the best. I missed him. I was short handed, he had 7 crew on board and not a single one of them even looked to see if they were clear before heading into the wind. I am used to the power boaters doing stunts like this and I know to keep an eye on them and stay clear, when fellow sailors start actng like fools I am often surprised.
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Everyone needs to lighten up a bit here... race start areas are full of distractions, different sized boats, etc... Yes, good boats with great crews sometimes loose the forest fore the trees. There's a reason you have vocal cords... just call out "we're sailing", but also try to assess the situation on his boat. Is something hung up? Main caught in runners? It's not hard to stay out of the way of boats hoisting their mains, even if they don't have the right of way. They had a crew of 7... Elliot Bay Thursday? Chances are they aren't 7 good competent race sailors even if the boat is raced regularly on the weekends. If you're out on EB Thursdays, the best rule of thumb is to give everyone a lot of extra room and assume most boats don't know all the rules. Such is life. Sometimes you can be right, but gain nothing in the larger spirit of the event.
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Your point is well taken, it does no good to be in the right and get bent out of shape when these things happen and no one is harmed. In this case it was the Wed night series at Shilshole, probably a similar situation to EB. I do try to keep my distance from starts as the area near the course can be pretty wild.

In this case we were a long way from the start line, and at the time of the near miss the other boat had no evidence of any problems, they just were not paying attention. In the end no harm done, but close hulled my 6000lb boat was going a bit over 6kts and if we had made contact there would have been potential for great damage to boats and people. In this case we smiled, the other skipper thanked me, and we went our separate ways.
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Here's the way I remember the one/two blast thing (based on the perspective/intentions of the 'blaster')

One blast (signaling an intention to leave you to port), "PORT" is one syllable = 1 blast

Two blasts (signaling an intention to leave you to starboard) (STARBOARD = 2 syllables,= 2 blasts)

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I'll take it, anything to help my head retain information

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In this case it was the Wed night series at Shilshole, probably a similar situation to EB. I do try to keep my distance from starts as the area near the course can be pretty wild.

In this case we smiled, the other skipper thanked me, and we went our separate ways.

EB is much worse. A quick highjack, but I say stick your nose in there at the start. It's one of the more rewarding bits of sailing when you nail at full speed in point mode and quickly have a 2-3 boat lengths and clear air on the rest of the group.

...and the quick aknowledgment of the mistake is more in the corinthian spirit of things. Most race skippers around Puget Sound (with a couple of exceptions) don't often repeat a mistake like you described. Good on you for letting it go.
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Posted by sailingdog: "In the race between man and God, where man makes something idiot proof and God makes a better idiot, God is winning—he doesn't have to replace his idiots...he just upgrades them in place.

Ok, now that was funny; sad & true, but funny as hell

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