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05-30-2008 03:34 PM
mrsadm Thank you everyone for all your replies. I guess there is no clear rule in this case. What I did last weekend, seeing 4 rowing crews abreast, was to steer clearly around them letting them keep their formation. I don't think it was a race, but I could not be sure. They seem to be out every Sat and Sun morning practicing. And they are in a narrow channel that we use to go from harbor out to the lake. So yes, inland water rules would apply.

I can keep steering around as long as I am not too close to the shallow areas near the shore; we draw about 4 feet.
05-24-2008 09:44 AM
Plumper The rules still apply. You must allow for the special circumstances. Each vessel is a different and unique situation.
05-24-2008 12:59 AM
sailaway21 mrsadm,
When you're dealing with multiple vessels at once, as in you and a series of rowing shells, the rules do not apply as you are in a "special circumstances" situation. The Rules deal with two ships or vessels meeting in some fashion.

In your situation, I'd advise avoiding alterations of course to port and play it by ear after that.
05-23-2008 05:08 PM
sailingdog No, but they prefer it... Horn signals will work.
05-23-2008 05:03 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post

At least here, where I am, some of the bridges require that you motor through them. In particular, the SWING BRIDGE, requires all sailboats to pass under motor, with their sails DOWN.

Damn fascists.
I suppose they require that you have and use a VHF radio too.
05-23-2008 04:57 PM
sailingdog Knothead-

At least here, where I am, some of the bridges require that you motor through them. In particular, the SWING BRIDGE, requires all sailboats to pass under motor, with their sails DOWN.
05-23-2008 03:24 PM
Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
.....I really hate it when a non-race participant come sailing through a race course on starboard and makes even one turn off course.

I would always sail around a marked course if possible. But, the little club near my home always sets up their course directly in front of the entrance to the channel that leads to my slip.
I suppose that they assume that everyone motors back to their slip all the time, but dammit, sometimes, when the conditions are right, I like to sail right up to my lift.

I like to sail through bridges and have had other boaters get all pushed out of shape.

Since when did running your engine become mandatory because someone else may be inconvenienced?
05-23-2008 12:48 PM
Plumper I think he was talking about sailing on a lake, the COLREGS don't apply. He needs to look at US Inland Rules.
05-23-2008 10:55 AM
sailingdog Party pooper...why check the colregs when we can speculate and WAG all we want instead.
05-23-2008 10:48 AM
Idiens You can always root around here:-

Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs)
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