David - I sure wish more like you powered around here. The only rule that seems to apply here is that might makes right.
We were almost run down on a head
on pass last week by a fishing trawler
while close hauled beating to windward. The worst part was that we had to tack "towards" the relatively close shore to avoid a colliision - bearing away would have set up a cross which definitely would not have worked. This required waiting for his approach until the last minute as after the tack I could only hold it for a couple of minutes before I had to tack back so as to avoid the shore. I was low on options and he gave no room and no quarter. I had two newbies so I was basically single
It wasn't close but it was damn inconvenient. And in a great demonstration of nautical skill I was able to complete the second tack in time to throw a full can of beer
at the transom of the offending boat.
Of course at that point I had realized my mistake. Not polluting the environment
but throwing a full unopened can of beer
- shameful waste - especially considering I missed the fishing
boat by at least 100 feet. We did, however complete a successful rescue
of the BOB (beer overboard) thanks to my son's fishing net.