We have a local mark, where, due to strong currents, it is often advantageous to approach the windward mark from the port layline.
- It is a windward mark.
- The mark is to be left to starboard.
Given this situation:
- Boat P is approaching along the port layline, fetching the mark.
- Boat S arrives a bit later than Boat P on starboard tack.
- Boat P is about to round the mark, but Boat P can't quite clear Boat S's bow.
- Since these boats are on opposing tacks on a windward beat, rule 18 doesn't apply.
- Boat P has to stay clear of Boat S, even though Boat P reached the zone well ahead of Boat S, since the zone is not relevant.
- If you want to / get forced into approaching from the port side, you better overstand the mark so any starboard boats can get around inside you. They could chase you (with limitation? not sure) but stay high so they probably won't.
Is this right?