Sail Skills - ColRegs Free Guide to ColRegs (the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, the IRPCS or Collision Regs).  Guidance covers all aspects with animations, pictures and diagrams.  Aimed at small vessel users but suitable for professional mariners.  Especially recommended for RYA examination candidates.
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back to top ColRegs Home>ColRegs>Steer & Sail Rules>All Vessels>Safe Speed Reminder  It’s worth restating that this rule applies to:  all vessels in every situation  where the ColRegs apply ... which is:  on the high seas and all waters connected therewith navigable by sea-going vessels  Sea-going vessels can be quite small! A vessel engaged in fishing - no-one in wheelhouse A vessel engaged in fishing - crew had been tending the lines - one member looked up to see us, the other is looking over the stern A high-sided motor boat and a deep-draught sailing vessel A motor-boat with high topsides is likely to experience more leeway at low speed than a deep-draught sailing vessel A merchant vessel moving between buoys and in front of shore lights Diagram of vessel constrained by draught A vessel constrained by her draught  (the ColRegs state that only a power-driven vessel can be constrained by draught) Compass bearing of a vessel being measured against a distant object A fishing vessel - a factor to be considered in safe speed Safe speed Sailing vessel showing area obscured by sails Look-out Determining risk of collision Diagram:  A vessel on collision course Diagram:  Vessels in and near a narrow channel Avoiding collision Narrow channels or fairways Diagram:  Traffic Separation Schemes in the English Channel Traffic Separation Schemes
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