The dreaded COLREGS- Bill Swindell
A talk for beginners, old salts and everyone in between.
The Collision Regulations are the rules that are designed to prevent collisions at sea. With over twelve thousand words, the Colregs have thirty eight rules, split over five parts. After a quick overview, we’ll delve into some of those rules that affect us most as ‘yotties’.
There’s not a lot we can cover in an hour. Mostly I’ll review Part A (General), and Part B (Steering and Sailing Rules). And I’ll dwell especially on rule 19 - on what to do in fog. I’ve had some interesting moments in fog. I’ll be asking questions and providing some anecdotes as we go along.
Part C (Lights and Shapes) and Part D (Sound and Light Signals) are equally important but one hour is not enough and that means I’ll only have time for a few, hopefully useful, comments.
Did you know that in the event of a collision, even one in which the rules were followed to the letter, the owner, skipper and/or crewmembers could nevertheless be held to account? That’s what Rule 2 states. So, just how well do you need to know and understand these legally enforceable regulations? In the past, the RYA Day Skipper theory programme suggested “a working knowledge” and the RYA Yachtmaster multiple-choice written test set its pass mark at just 80%! How long is a piece of string?
Organiser: Dick Beddoe