gary eudy wrote:
I went head to head with the USS Enterprise which resulted in a lot of horn blowing. I did have the Right of Way I was in a sailboat plus I had the starboard tack.
I hope you're kidding here. As mentioned above, you were without a doubt in the wrong, Admiral. Contrary to what many sailors think, travelling under wind power does not unquestionably entitle you to right of way. The purpose of the right of way rules is to give prescedence to the less manuverable vessle. In this case, it was most certainly the ship. Large ships in narrow channels definitely have ROW, and of course, the law of gross tonnage always applies. I'd also imagine that interfering with a US Navy ship is a good way to get locked up.
From my own experience, I find that in most cases, it's better to assume that the other vessle won't yield whether burdoned to do so or not. Unless I'm in a close race, I'd rather just slow down and or change course slightly. Avoid collisions at all costs, give all vessles a wide berth, and sail with much less stress. That's what it's all about afterall.