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Re: know it all ???
I've raced at two yacht clubs that line a commercial river. The race courses, generally, cross the channel. That channel is the roadway for everything from small passenger ferrys to large ocean going freighters and tankers. The clubs both have extensive sailing instructions regarding sailing in and across the channel during races. And, instructions on dealing with the commercial traffic? Basically all those instructions can be summed up in one small sentence. "Stay out of the way!"
Included in the instructions are do not cross points. That is, if a ship is within these markers do not cross the channel in front of the ship. That goes regardless of your speed and the ship's. There are also instructions informing racers that there are cables between tugs and barges. These clubs have operated for decades without incident. The rules are enforced, so i'm told, with a heavy hand.
And, fortunately, the clubs have options in certain wind/current conditions to set courses that don't come near the shipping channel.
I mention this because the attitude displayed at both these clubs is anything but "We own the river." If anything, it is quite the opposite. A lot of respect is given to the commericial traffic.
Last edited by TJC45; 08-15-2013 at 12:07 PM.