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post #131 of 135 Old 10-25-2016
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In Nanaimo in 2 days ,there have been 3 teenagers hit while running crosswalks on a red light in the dark,only one killed so two survive to become sailors.
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Very, very simply, under power it is much the same as in a car: give way to the vessel to your right, like you would at a 4 way stop sign. The overtaking vessel (the one passing) always has the burden, under sail or power.
Starboard tack (a boat is on the starboard tack when the boom is out to port or if no boom, the wind from the starboard side) is the privileged vessel much of the time.
There's a lot more to it, but as I said, very simply these are the basics. However, please remember that the other guy may be even more clueless than you, so just as in a car, drive defensively in your boat!
I'd suggest you pickup a copy of Royce's Sailing Illustrated, by far the best all around book on sailing, in a fun format. No heavy reading here.
Thanks for that Capta. I tell people " if on port, you must abort" At least for me this works well enough to remember. Also the vessel to windward is burdened, correct? And an overtaking vessel is burdened, I think. But I don't rely on any of them.

I've been able to yell a hello to other sailboats passing many times and I actually got into a shouting match with a power boat that nearly ran me down last week, but those are just anecdotes. I have noticed other sailboats out in the channel apparently unconcerned that a huge fast ship was bearing down on them.

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The vessel to windward is burdened only if both vessels are on the same tack.
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Sharon and I spent the day doing a walking tour of Charleston NC, a beautiful city. On three separate occasions we were almost taken out by cyclists running red lights while we were crossing on a green .... one swore at us for getting in his way. If they had license numbers we would have called the cops.

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Sharon and I spent the day doing a walking tour of Charleston NC, a beautiful city. On three separate occasions we were almost taken out by cyclists running red lights while we were crossing on a green .... one swore at us for getting in his way. If they had license numbers we would have called the cops.
Another reason cyclists need to be tagged.
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