Starboard tack trumps leeward?

Starboard tack trumps leeward?
Posted 2016, May 03 18:58
It seems strange that starboard tack is given priority over the leeward boat. Whereas a boat in a leeward position may very well be constrained in its ability to maneuver due to the proximity of leeward hazards, I can't think of any situations where starboard vs port tack would alter maneverability on a boat (at least one built in the past 2 or 3 centuries). Do I correctly understand the precedence of the 2 rules?
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