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16.1, 11 and luffing rights
Nationality: New Zealand
North is up. Wind is from East and blowing about 5 kts.
First question: Y and B are approaching a bridge and the next mark is well beyond the bridge to the NNW. These are 34ft keelboats. And, in the moment, B is slightly faster so Y comes up (from more than two boat lengths away) to luff B up. Everyone on both boats knows what is about to happen... Y decides to luff up several times. Each time Y turns up B responds and each time Y turns down B pursues. This brings them closer and closer together so that by the third attempt to luff, the two boats are very close and Y cannot turn up more than shown without hitting B. B calls for room to keep clear and Y protests under 11. No contact at any point.
Second question: At the time of the third luff B also hails saying she plans to call for water at the bridge. Y hails back a refusal, but ultimately turns down and gives room.
Conclusion - B rolls Y and wins, they all go and drink beers and the inevitable endless discussion ensues. Can you help us resolve this? Did Y break 16.1 or did B break 11? O both? Neither? Does B have the right to call for water, and if so, at what point?
Created: 22-May-15 23:53
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