The Colregs actually ARE common sense, if you read and understand them.
No-one is actually saying violate the Colregs, that is a straw-man put forth by those who haven't chosen to understand them.
Two points clearly stated
2. Do not maneuver to cause a collision,
9. DO Not impede a vessel in a channel.
Try to follow those two items and the above picture will not happen. In order for a freighter to collide with a sailboat he had to have violated both of the above rules.
Then he had the temerity to quote the one rule
in his defense. A vessel under power is the give way vessel to a vessel under sail,.......IF none of the other rules apply.
If I am in open water in a power boat
, and see a sailboat under sail, and on a collision course, as the give way vessel I will alter my course, and likely he will never know I was there.
In a shipping
channel, a sudden swerve in front of my bow, will likely leave me with no options. AND violates two of the above rules.
Pedestrians also have the "right of way" over cars, does that mean you can step in front of one going 60MPH??? Sure you could, it is perfectly legal
, and your decendants can sue the driver...no problem.