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Re: Is sleeping OK?
If someone is going to solo sail any long distance, that person has to sleep at some point, which likely is a violation of the COLREGs. But that mean Matt Rutherford's recently completed solo, non-stop sail around the Americas was illegal. What Joshua Slocum did was foolhardy, and all the solo round-the-world races illadvised. People solo sail across great distances and God bless them for their courage and for demonstrating that it can be done.
As far as lights/signals for solo sailors catching up on needed rest, what about displaying the signals for a vessel not under command? A vessel not under command goes to the top of the pecking order. A solo sailor asleep could be considered an "exceptional circumstance" as found in the definition of a vessel not under command. Might be hard to rig a sound signal to go off every two minutes in reduced visability, but the lights (two all around red) and signs (two balls aligned vertically) should be easy enough.
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Last edited by johnnyquest37; 09-25-2012 at 12:44 PM.