In the photo below, W7663 and W3571 angling in
towards the west shore
of Fanshawe Lake on starboard tack. Because he is
getting fairly close
to running aground, W7663 calls for "room to tack
for an obstruction".
W3571 would prefer not to tack yet since starboard
tack is lifted.
1. Do the Rules
permit W7663 to call for room to tack here?
2. Does 7663 have to wait as long as possible
before hailing, i.e.
until he is very close to the obstruction?
3. What can W3571 do if he feels 7663's hail is
improper because the
boats are not yet dangerously close to the
4. What can 3571 do here instead of immediately
5. Once W3571 has tacked to
respond to 7663's hail, can
7663 continue sailing for a few seconds to make
sure he'll have
clear air after tacking?
1. Yes, under rule 20.
2. No. In fact, the hail must be made sooner rather
than later since
hailed boat will have to be
given time to get ready to tack
hailing boat must assume
that the hailed boat may not hear the first hail,
and has to leave
enough time for a repeat hail and a response to
that (see World
Sailing Case 54)
3. Rule 20.2(b)
does not provide the option of
disputing the hail (which would be asking for
3571 would need to be bound by 7663's hail, and
protest if he feels it
4. Rule 20.2(c)
perfect option for 3571 in this situation.
If he does not want to tack, he can hail "You tack!"
and then take on
the burden of keeping
in any way he can. In this case, keeping
clear by bearing away a bit would be quite
easy for 3571.
5. No!! Here, 7663 would have to start her tack as
soon as 3571 starts
to tack, or as soon as 3571 hails "You tack". See