Collision Regulations (formally the International Regulations for
Preventing Collisions at Sea) apply to all boats on the reservoir.
racing sailboats, there is a caveat. The Racing Rules of Sailing apply to
interactions between boats racing during Sail Canada affiliated club
organized racing. However, the Collision Regulations (also known as the
ColRegs) still apply between racing boats and non-racing boats.
This page started mid July 2022 and will be updated through the rest of this year.
|Rule 7 - Risk of Collision - (a) "prevailing circumstances and conditions to determine if risk of collision exists".
One high density traffic
area on the reservoir is east of the rowing lanes and north of the Moyie
dock. In this area, rowers are traveling south (and they are looking
north except for glances over their shoulder or in some instances they
have a coxswain or coach boat watching ahead of their rowing shell),
canoes and kayaks are prevalent and the Moyie is returning to its dock.
Sometimes add dragon boats, outrigger canoes and sprint canoes and this
can be a busy part of the reservoir at times.
During the June 15 Glenmore User group meeting (canoe club, rowing club, dragon boats, city, Disabled Sailing Association, and GSC) all groups decided to designate this part of the reservoir as a "no stopping area" for the safety of all users. Sailboats are the least likely to stop in this area when sailing to or from the enjoyable north bay.
|Rule 16 - Action by Give-way Vessel. "Every vessel which is directed to keep out of the way of another vessel shall, so far as possible, take early and substantial action to keep well clear."
|In practice, this rule often accompanies Rule 7 and it means the Give-Way Vessel shall clearly communicate your their intention to another vessel by altering their course with a significant enough change in direction as early as practicable so the stand on vessel clearly understands they are being given their right of way.
|Final point... while not covered in the ColRegs, sailboats are not to sail in the rowing lanes (even if there are no paddling users in them) as the lane floats can be snagged by a keel.