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The point is that when the sails are visibly deployed, you will be seen as a sailboat and treatede as a sailboat. Not a powerboat.
Unless you've hoisted the proper day shapes and someone recognizes them.
Used to be you had to BUY COLREGS to find out these things. Nowadays all the regs, state and federal alike, are free on the internet and most of the state regs are handed out for free at boat shows and other venues.
It ins't hard, or costly, to get comprehensive answers to this stuff. Or, to take a boating safety course and get a LOT of the blanks filled in while meeting other local boaters. (Typically, $45/half day course, with a certification that gets you insurance discounts and more.)