Posts Tagged ‘Nautical Knowledge’

Rules of the Road – Overtaking boat

Friday, August 6th, 2010

The rule governing an overtaking boat is quite simple. The overtaking boat must keep clear.

When you think about it, it’s the obvious thing to do. If you are approaching and catching another vessel from behind, you have it clearly in your sight. The skipper of the boat you are overtaking on the other hand will be keeping a lookout all around, including behind but most of the time will be focused on where the boat is heading.

As you draw closer, you will have to decide whether you will be able to go above it, i.e. to windward, or below it. If you’re sailing hard on the wind, it’s likely that you will need to spring the sheets and ease away below. Doing so will mean that you will gain boat speed. Hopefully this will result in your sailing through the other boat’s wind shadow quickly.

Meanwhile, if you are the skipper of the boat being overtaken, you must maintain your course and allow the overtaking boat to pass.

And what if you’re not sure whether you are an overtaking boat? In Rule 13 of the COLREGS (International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea) it states that:

(c) When a vessel is in any doubt as to whether she is overtaking another, she shall assume that this is the case and act accordingly.

This rule governing the overtaking boat is just one of the Rules of the Road that are illustrated in our self-paced learning and self-test program, the Nautical Knowledge.

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Sailing highlights for 2009

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The other day I wrote about the overall winner of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race, Two True. It was also one of the sailing highpoints published in last week’s newsletter.

The other highlights for me were:

Three round-the-world yacht races:

  • Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09
  • Vendee Globe 2008-09
  • Clipper Round the World 09-10

Two short-handed/solo ocean voyages:

  • Berrimilla’s return to Sydney from Falmouth, UK
  • Jessica Watson’s solo, unassisted circumnavigation attempt on Ella’s Pink Lady

And, finally, the launch of our new product, Nautical Knowledge.

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Rules of the Road

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Whether racing or cruising, you need to know which is the burdened boat, i.e. which boat must give way, in many different circumstances.

Giving way to boats on starboard may seem obvious but what about when you see a yacht running downwind towards you? Can you be sure which side the wind is crossing her deck? In fact, COLREGS state in Rule 12:

(iii) If a vessel with the wind on the port side sees a vessel to windward and cannot determine with certainty whether the other vessel has the wind on the port or on the starboard side, she shall keep out of the way of the other.

This is just one of the rules you can learn from our interactive Rules of the Road quiz, which is one of five comprising our brand new download, Nautical Knowledge.