I was paddling upstream in a solo canoe on a river this past Saturday and staying very tight to the right bank when I heard and then saw a group of three kayakers coming downstream towards me from around the next bend. I could only see their heads through the brush. The river was around 100 feet wide at that point so plenty of room in total. I rounded the bend and continued to stay very tight to the right when I saw that the lead kayak was pointed straight at me and trying to angle towards the bank and go between me and the shore (which would have required me to move left). I’m in a highly maneuverable river capable solo. I held my line and as the kayak got within about 20-25 feet I made a strong move towards the right bank to make my intentions very clear and since the rivers are high there was still 2-3 inches of water to float me. The lead kayak finally passed me on the left and then the other two kayaks which were about 20 feet behind the lead boat also passed on the left but gave me much more room and then gave me a friendly hello and “nice day” (which I kindly agreed with). I think they could tell I was not too happy with their lead paddler. Had I jogged left to let the lead kayak hug the very inside of the bend we might have bumped and then I would have to dodge 2 more kayaks where no one would know which line anyone would take. I am sure that the lead kayak didn’t know what the other two were doing since the paddler never looked back. All three kayaks were sea kayaks and they were cruising with the help of the current so I really don’t think they could all stop on a dime.
I assumed that I had every right to stay tight to the right bank and I’m quite sure this was best for everyone. Did I have the right of way?