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  1. I'd say if you want to fly just the state flag, it should be flown from the spreader/yardarm. Only the ensign should be flown from the stern.
  2. But overtaking is also a frequent point of confusion for racers, often thinking that being overtaken gives them rights. RRS don't care about relative motion, they care about relative position. If you're clear ahead, you have ROW. If you're "overtaking" to windward you have to keep clear as soon as the overlap is established (actually continue to keep clear, since you already had to keep clear when you were clear astern). But if you establish an overlap to leeward, the "overtaking" boat has ROW and the boat being overtaken must keep clear (possibly with restrictions on the leeward overtaking bo
  3. I wonder how many boaters are aware of where the demarcation lines are between their national regulations (Inland Rules in the US) and International COLREGS.
  4. You might need to fine tune your sarc detector
  5. I feel like you're reading a lot into the definition of Keep Clear, and there would be a lot of potential for boats in an incident to disagree on the margin required based on their assessments of the conditions. I think the RV rules are trying to remove some subjectivity. As you can see from the list of experimental rules, it looks like WS is continuing down the path of specialized rules for specialized disciplines. We've already got appendices for match racing, kites, boards, team racing, radio-controlled, etc. And for the record, at this point I'm neither an advocate nor an opponen
  6. Hmm, I could interpret RRS 4.1 and preamble to Part 2 to mean that boats agree to use RRS instead of IRPCAS with respect to other racing boats. There are instances where you can't observe both - overtaking is a prime example, close cross (or even a close duck) by a port tacker is another. I think the main issue they're trying to deal with is luffing/overtaking at night & in low vis. Regular RRS (11 & 17) doesn't really do the job safely.
  7. World Sailing has set up experimental rules for Restricted Visibility (Appendix RV) that attempt to do a better job than just "Use IRPCAS at night" in the sailing instructions. I think opinions are mixed as to which is better.
  8. I kind of think of it in terms of zones. Size of the zones depends largely on the size and speed of the vessels in question. There's a far zone where the vessels are relatively far apart (but still in sight and still able to appreciate that risk of collision exists) where I think it's OK for a stand-on vessel to make a course/speed change to put some bearing drift on the other fellow and eliminate a close-quarters situation. Of course you still need to monitor the other boat to make sure they didn't also make an alteration that put you back on CBDR. In the middle zone, stand-on shoul
  9. Ha, fake news. Everyone knows "California" isn’t a real place. They made it up for that SNL skit.
  10. No, that’s BS. The only thing a vessel must do is look at her radar. I read it right here: That’s it. That’s the only thing. Just read the rule, it’s obvious.
  11. Well OK, point taken. Clearly there are times when the stand-on vessel is required to stand on. Until she's not... Shame on Parma for citing the rest of the rule.
  12. Keep reading. It's literally the next couple of sentences: The basis of COLREGS/IRPCAS is that if a collision occurs almost certainly both parties are in the wrong. If you stand on and let the other fellow hit you, you broke the rules.
  13. If you were windward, you were give-way. If you were overtaking (approaching from more than 22.5° abaft his beam), you were give-way. If you passed close enough to give apprehension of collision you didn't really meet your obligation. If there had been a collision and he hadn't maneuvered you'd both be in the wrong, but you moreso.
  14. Good idea from Practical Sailor here. This sounds like a useful bit of kit. But obviously you'll want to train with it. Would come in very handy if the COB coudn't be detached from the boat, seems like you could very quickly get their head and torso clear of the water.
  15. I've got a 1974 Westerly 31 that was apparently built in Britain for export to a Florida dealer. It's got a hull ID number on the transom that conforms to the USCG format. I'm finding that similar Westerly boats built for the UK market have a different format, apparently issued by the Southampton office of Lloyd's.
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