This posting about an unfortunate injury
gives me occasion to vent the lack of rule knowledge shown in crossing incidents that I experienced in our last two outings.
In both incidents we we sailing closehauled on starboard, and watched the approach of a port-tack sailboat broad-reaching towards us.
The first incident, the port tack boat held a steady course, about two boat lengths prior to a collision, we luffed head to wind to allow him to pass. I hailed him just to observe that he was a giveway vessel. He responded "no I'm not, I am sailing downwind." ?
The second incident, the port tack vessel made several minor course changes to his starboard which only served to keep him in front of us. Again, about two boat lengths prior to a collision, we luffed head to wind to allow him to pass.
In case is may be useful to anyone, what a sailing skipper needs to know is simple:
1. on overtaking boat is giveway.
2 different tacks, the port boat is giveway to starboard.
3. same tacks, the windward boat is giveway to leeward
4. the giveway vessel needs to make an early and obvious change in course or speed or both so as to remove the risk of collision.