I have a question that occurred to me while reading through the cases, based on this definition (taken from case 103):
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.
In a 2 handed mixed fleet race, does the ‘crew of the appropriate number for the boat’ change.
Example: boat A is a 12m boat, normally crewed by 12 people. Boat B is a 6m boat, normally crewed by 3.
Would the rules allow boat A more room during a 2 handed race than a fully crewed race? Could that apply less so to boat B, say if 2 was considered to not be an inappropriate number? Or are both expected to be handled the same as if they had a full crew? What if boat B’s ‘appropriate number of crew’ was ‘2 or 3’?
Does ‘appropriate’ change if the SI’s only allow 2 crew is guess is the crux of my question.
Appreciate any responses.