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Who is in the right
Nationality: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
I would stress that this question is not part of a protest nor will be, but is an attempt by be to understand the 3 potential rules that could bein force as I cannot finsd an example of this incident that comes from having two different types of sailing craft with different limitations off the wind
In a mixed boat race fleet , I was sailing in 8 knots wind, down wind, almost by the lee, port tack with large spinnaker up, port pole.
In the race was a sport boat asymetrical spinnaker that had been zig zaggin down wind, he came initially un observed from astern on the port quarter, then rapidly aiming for our mis ships, yelling starboard
Yes we were on opposite tacks thus as I was on port he had right of way is this correct rule 10
But in effect was the overtaking boat does this matter or negate the above
His gybe had been quick his speed far greater than mine thus impossible for me to gybe with an inexperienced crew in a reasonable time to take avoiding action rule 14/15
He could have hardened up a fraction come behind me easily, and argued a protest but that action would have only cost him a few seconds in a 12 hour race
Instead purposely made our boat undertake a crash gybe with out changing the spinnaker pole (Dip Pole) put the crew at risk and the resulting wrap was a disaster
Was room to gybe vilolated as for me there was no real option to manoevre either up wind or down wind!.
Created: Today 15:48 Active
Created: 18-Jul-09 15:54
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