Re: [ksurf] Rules (was Wipika Bridle set up for 8.5)
- Tunico Lage <alage@...> wrote:
> Acording to sailing rules, the one who has his right hand forward has theThat's nearly correct, but not quite, & it may SEEM like an insignificant
> right of way, the one who has his left hand forward has to pass downwind
difference, but it really is an important detail: The one on starboard tack
(right hand forward) is actually required to MAINTAIN HIS COURSE, and the
other is required to avoid him (downwind OR upwind, or even jibe & go back).
Here's one time when that detail can be important: Being on starboard tack
does NOT give you the right to round up (alter course upwind) to try to pass
upwind of an approaching port-tack rider. If the port tack rider has room
to round up & pass safely upwind of you, he's well within his rights to do
so, & you'd be in the wrong to alter course to try to "help" him pass
I mention this because back when I windsurfed I upset some people when I was
on port & rounded up to pass upwind of them, but nearly collided because
they altered their course to try to pass upwind of me. They got upset
because they thought they had the right to pass upwind & I was required to
pass downwind. In reality, they only had the right to maintain course, & I
was only required to avoid them (which I still ended up doing).
That said, the safest thing to do if you're on starboard, & the approaching
rider doesn't make his intentions clear, is ROUND UP. Then if he doesn't
bear off, ROUND UP MORE. If he STILL doesn't bear off, ROUND UP EVEN MORE.
The reason for this is that while you may be approaching a collision, at
least you'll be slowing down (visualize the reverse situation: bearing off
until you finally collide at full speed!)