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1. Know Your Flags

My vessel is stopped and making no way through the water.”
This can also be signaled ­­­by sound as Morse Code: ▬ ▬

2. The Rule of the Road

Rule 12 - Sailing Vessels
A When two sailing vessels are approaching one another, so as to involve risk of collision, one of them shall keep out of the way of the other as follows:

  • when each has the wind on a different side, the vessel which has the wind on the port side shall keep out of the way of the other;
  • (ii) when both have the wind on the same side, the vessel which is to windward shall keep out of the way of the vessel which is to leeward;
  • (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

For the purposes of this Rule, the windward side shall be deemed to be the side opposite that on which the mainsail is carried or, in the case of a square-rigged vessel, the side opposite to that on which the largest fore- and-aft sail is carried.

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4. Identify the vessel:

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A     A sailing vessel underway shall exhibit:

  • (i) sidelights;
  • (ii) a sternlight.
  In a sailing vessel of less than 20 meters in length the lights prescribed in Rule 25(a) may be combined in one lantern carried at or near the top of
the mast where it can best be seen.

C   A sailing vessel underway may, in addition to the lights prescribed in Rule 25(a), exhibit at or near the top of the mast, where they can best be seen, two all-round lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower green, but these lights shall not be exhibited in conjunction with the combined lantern permitted by Rule 25(b).

D   
  • A sailing vessel of less than 7 meter in length shall, if practicable, exhibit the lights prescribed in Rule 25(a) or (b), but if she does not, she shall ‹‹ exhibit an all around white light or ›› have ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light which shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision.
  • (ii) A vessel under oars may exhibit the lights prescribed in this rule for sailing vessels, but if she does not, she shall ‹‹ exhibit an all around white light or ›› have ready at hand an electric torch or lighted lantern showing a white light which shall be exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision.
E   A vessel proceeding under sail when also being propelled by machinery shall exhibit forward where it can best be seen a conical shape, apex downwards. ‹‹ A vessel of less than 12 meters in length is not required to exhibit this shape, but may do so. ››

3. What would the captain do?

Of the vessels listed, which must keep out of the way of all the others?

A. A sailing vessel
B. A vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver
C. A vessel not under command
D. A vessel engaged in fishing

                                          answer on this page...

Answers

The right answer to item 3: WWTCD: a sailing vessel.