In the photo below, the Wayfarer (Bob Kennedy in
3571) and the
"cruiser" 1131 are on a collision course.
boat has the right of way? Under
2. If 1131 luffs up to close-hauled to keep
3571, can 1131 invoke rule 19 (room to pass an
obstruction) as the two boats
get closer to the shore?
3. Would such a call force 3571 to run down to
give 1131 room, or is
there another, better, option for 3571, one that
1131 would not like??
1. Both boats are on port tack, and by the time they
get close enough
for it to matter, W3571 will be leeward boat, and
thus have right of
way under rule 11.
2. If, God forbid, both boats end up close-hauled on
barrelling in towards the shore, 1131 can call for room under rule
3. A (far) better option for 3571 will be to call
for "room to tack"
under rule 20,
in which case poor 1131
would have to tack
and go "backwards" away from his next mark.
4. The call for "room to
take precedence, because of rule 19.2(a) which
gives the right-of-way boat the choice of how to
pass the obstruction.