In the context of RRS 14
, or more generally:
- Is it 'reasonable' for a boat to take action in an attempt to avoid contact that is unseamanlike? In other words, is such an action 'reasonably possible'?
- Is it 'reasonable' for a boat to take action in an attempt to avoid contact that breaks a rule other than RRS 14? In other words, is such an action 'reasonably possible'?
I'd appreciate some reasoning and references, not just Yes/No votes.
If the answer is 'maybe', or 'it depends', please expand on the circumstances that would influence the decision.
Here are some cases that refer to 'seamanlike'.
The phrase ‘manoeuvring promptly in a seamanlike way’ has implications for both boats. First, it addresses the inside boat, saying she is not entitled to complain of insufficient space if she fails to execute with reasonable efficiency the handling of her helm, sheets and sails while maneuvering. It also implies that the outside boat must provide enough space so that the inside boat need not manoeuvre in an extraordinary or abnormal manner (see also Case 103).
· Executing with reasonable efficiency the handling of helm, sheets and sails [while manoeuvring]
· Not manoeuvring in an extraordinary or abnormal manner.
· Not handling helm, sheets and sails with reasonable efficiency
· Manoeuvring in an extraordinary or abnormal manner.
The phrase ‘seamanlike way’ in the definition Room refers to boat-handling that can reasonably be expected from a competent, but not expert, crew of the appropriate number for the boat.
Touching … a mark [such as a committee vessel or other substantial object risks damaging either the boat racing or the committee vessel, and taking such a risk is not seamanlike.
It is unseamanlike to risk damaging a vessel or boat.
Match Racing Call Book
General Principles 4. Definition: Room, and meaning of 'in a seamanlike way'
World Sailing Case 21 states that ‘extraordinary’ and ‘abnormal’ manoeuvres are unseamanlike.
However, actions that are not seamanlike in a fleet of many boats may be considered seamanlike in a situation with only two boats. Thus, in match racing some manoeuvres might be considered normal that would be considered abnormal in other racing, and therefore ‘seamanlike way’ will be interpreted somewhat more broadly in match racing.
Any manoeuvre, however, that puts a boat or her crew at unreasonable risk of damage or injury is unseamanlike. The umpires will judge each incident on the basis of the boat's actions in relation to the conditions of wind and water that she is experiencing.
Call D1 (Previously Ump 2: Ump Calls are calls that do not rely on any special to MR rules in Appendix C)
[M]ark L [is] an inflatable buoy. … It is not seamanlike to hit a mark.