The Basics of Crossing Rules
When two sailboats are on a collision course, there are some very specific rules in the
- Don’t hit anything! (Nor should you force someone else to hit something as a result of your actions.)
- The boat on Starboard Tack is the Stand-On Vessel and the boat on Port Tack is the Give-Way vessel.
- The most leeward boat is the Stand-On Vessel and the boat to her windward is the Give-Way Vessel.
- A boat being overtaken is the Stand-On Vessel and a boat doing the overtaking is the Give-Way vessel.
If you follow these guidelines (especially #1) you’re sure to boat safely.