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>>AT first glance, this seems a tough question. But the more I think about it,
>>it becomes clear to me that the other guy was at fault, for several reasons:
>>Ultimate rule - Avoid collisions whenever possible.
>> You tryed (pinched up, jibed tight), he did nothing to avoid.
>>Sea Room - You were about to run aground and required room to manuever.
>> I think that the great majority of other sailors also jibe in the
>> same place, over and over again, so I doubt that your jibe was a
>> surprise to "The Other Guy".
>>Bottom line - I think he just spaced out. But If you "want to be more
>>than fair", I'd say 1/2 the repair cost is it. This option will gain you
>>bushels of good karma and PR - maybe some real good sailing sessions too.
>I have to disagree with this insane reasoning. Nobody has right of way
>because they chose to run too close to shore.
>That's your own damn fault. I do beleive the rules
>say downwind vessel has right of way. You knew he was there,
>so you had to yield to him.
- - In open water, yes this is the rule. The rules for real boats do give
"priority of way" to boats attempting to avoid an obstacle. You're
suppose to signal the other skipper though.
>You owe him a new board.
- - This is my sentiment also. You have absolutely NO RIGHTS while jibing.
You didn't signal the other guy for hazard clearance (sea room). Expecting
people to read your mind is a pretty weak defense.
- - As an aside, I think this case clearly demonstrates how inappropriate the
usual rules of navigation are for boardsailors, particulary for short boarders.
We need to come up with a better set of rules, rules that make sense for sailboats
that run at 25knots, not 5 knots. The other big problem is that everbody seems to
be using their own set of rules. We should take care of this problem before the
government steps in with a set of "helmet laws".
- - Here's the rules I use.
1. You must do everything possible to avoid an immenient collision.
2. Stay at least 1.5 mast lengths from all other sailors.
3. Downwind boards on the same tack have priority of way.
(i.e. if you can see them , you should avoid them ).
4. Starboard tack has "priority of way".
( I.e. right hand near mast means you go straight. )
5. Downed sailors must be given clearance for water starting/ uphauling.
Priority rules only apply to sailors under power.
6. Planing boards should give priority of way to non-planing.
7. Jibing/tacking boards have NO priority.
8. When in doubt drop the sail.
9. LOOK AROUND!!!!
- - Priority of way means that you have the right to continue on your current
course, you do not have the right to drastically change course and expect the
other guy to compensate. The general idea is that when two sailors are on
a collision course, one should "not move" and the other should change course
to avoid the collision. Generally, the one with the most power/manoevrability
is the one that takes on the "avoider" role.
- - Other sailors are the most dangerous aspect of our sport.
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