Room at obstruction
Nationality: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Situation: Short gybing down the shore to avoid tide. Approaching a mark that must be left to seaward as SIs class inshore of it as obstruction.
Created: 18-Jun-28 12:37
Both boats are downwind with spinnakers hoisted on same leg of race. They are overlapped from about 10 boat lengths from the obstruction.
Boat A is on Stbd and planning to pass obstruction mark to Stbd and head further inshore after
Boat B is on Port, coming from inshore and trying to clear the obstruction mark.
Boat A is the seaward boat.
Boat B calls for water on the obstruction.
Boat A refuses as to give water as they are on Stbd and Boat B can pass behind without going head to wind.
Boat B claims to have water at the obstruction mark and barges in on the mark and gybes after to head back inshore. Causing Boat A to alter course and crash gybe.
Who is in the right?
Update: Thank you for all the input. Just to help clarify some points raised:
The mark indicates the extremity of piling for an old, no longer there, pier (see Stokes Bay Pier). Boats are required to pass to seaward of the mark. The area immediately inside the mark is considered an obstruction as detailed in the SIs.
It is not a mark of the course, nor is on the racing line, just in a place of less tide. It is also not a continuing obstruction
My query was trying to focus on the P vs S situation. To my knowledge - seemingly lacking in this matter - Stbd had rights over port as both entered the zone on opposite gybes.