This incident took place while sailing N10 (Turnabout) dinghies, which are slow 13 foot boats which are not nimble and don't pinch well, if at all. There is no protest as a result of this. I'm unsure if I was fouled or not and I would appreciate you folks helping me understand how the rules apply to this situation. This actually happened to me three times in just two races on the same day, and I have seen this happen with other boats as well. I'm sure this is a common incident in a dinghy, although I usually sail a large keelboat.
I was beating on a starboard tack in about 13 knots of gusty wind, with only minor chop. This did not happen in a mark zone. Another boat on port was approaching and I hailed "starboard." She waited and when it became clear she was not going to cross (I was just about to duck) she tacked literally right in front of me. As she completed her tack, she was practically stopped, if not completely stopped, and my boat was within three feet of her stern and I pinched up to avoid contact. That severely disadvantaged me because it practically stopped my boat.
Clearly going in rule 10 gave me the right of way. While she was tacking, rule 13 gave me the right of way. Then what?
1 - I don't see a definition of "close-hauled course" in the book. What defines this? Is it just a matter of where her bow is pointing relative to the wind or do her sails have to be full? Does she have to be moving to be "on a close-hauled course"?
UPDATE: I see case 17 answers this question.
2 - Assuming she had completed her tack and was on a "close-hauled course" prior to my taking action, there is still no doubt I would have hit her transom, and pretty hard at that. So now, how are the rules applied? I assume rule 12 turns on making her the ROW boat and, if so, how does rule 15 apply? Does my ability to pinch up satisfy that obligation on her part?
Update: A review of case 27 still leaves me unsure if she violated rule 15 or if my ability to pinch up satisfied that rule.
Thanks very much for your thoughts.