raises a great question, and it could be a "hot potato," but I'll try to help. I am curious about where
's power boat syllabus comes from.
For a fee, ASA provides their affiliate schools with a series of textbooks, and assessments (tests), and end of course evaluations, among other things (marketing, etc.). ASA does NOT provide common course materials. Every school is expected to use the ASA materials and assessments, and combine them with (stellar) instruction onboard the school's boats to prepare the student to pass the ASA written test and to demonstrate on the water skills. The quality and consistency of the instruction and the boats can vary from school to school.
The latest ASA textbooks are; Sailing Made Easy
(101), Coastal Cruising Made Easy
(103), and Bareboat Cruising Made Easy
(104). There is no mention of Rule 9 in Sailing Made Easy
. In Sailing Made Easy
the COLREGS presented are; rule 5 (lookout), rule 18 (sail over power), rule 13 (overtaking), rule 12 (sailing), rule 14 (head-on), rule 15 (crossing), rule 16 (action by give way), rule 17 (action by stand on) in that order on pages 90-93.
In Coastal Cruising Made Easy
(103) the rules presented are; rule 5, rule 12, rule 13, rule 14, rule 18 and rule 10 (in that order). RULE 9 is presented in a separate green box (usually reserved for a relevant tip - usually skipped by the casual reader) at the lower right of page 86. The specific text in the box states:
RULE 9: NARROW CHANNELS
Rule 9 states: "A vessel less than 20 meters in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of any other vessel navigating within a narrow channel or fairway."
If you are sailing or motoring in or near a marked channel, be on the lookout for larger vessels that may be restricted to navigating within that channel. Even overtaking situations, which are cut and dried in open waters, require cooperation and communication between the overtaking and the overtaken. Don't cross a channel if by doing so you will impede a vessel navigating within the channel.
The need to be aware of the COLREGS, and a brief review is presented in Bareboat Cruising Made Easy
on pages 106, and page 107 is a summary of rules 12-15. But there is no mention of rule 9 in the current 104 textbook. It is strange to me that the current version has only a summary. In the old 104 textbook, Cruising Fundamentals
, there was a complete review of rules 1-19 on pages 68 through 72.
An ASA 101 student could, therefore, have read the book and passed the exam while never being made aware of Rule 9.