It's true that the sailboat legally had right of way, but sometimes you have to use common sense. They had plenty of time to get out of the way. It took nearly 20 mins from the time I first saw the Gravely coming and the time it almost hit the sailboat. That is plenty of time to to get far enough out of the way. It don't really matter much who has the right of way, after you're dead.
What I don't understand is what was going on during the few minutes from the time the coast guard pulled up beside the sailboat to the time the Gravely almost hit it. I didn't keep the camera on them because I assumed that the coast guard was going to get them out of the way. They had plenty of time to move even after the coast guard pulled up to them. Were they arguing that they had right of way?
Again, sometimes you need to use common sense. I'm sure there are a lot of people that had the right of way that later wished they had used their right to get out of the way.
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