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    Re: English Channel Crossings
    From: Nigel Gardner
    Date: 2001 Jul 12, 1:22 AM

    Herbert,
    
    You asked what the regulations demand of you and they are no different
    here, the traffic separation schemes are recommended but are bounded by
    Rule 10, if you are a sailing vessel under 20m you can indeed do what the
    hell you like PROVIDED you comply with IRPCS, particularly 10j and 2.
    
    I found that students did not always appreciate the meaning of 'impeded'
    and that if a small sailing vessel did stumble into the path of a
    supertanker following a TS lane the supertanker was obliged to give way. A
    friend of mine who used to be a master on supertankers told me that from
    passing the Lizard to getting parked in Rotterdam used to be a constant
    nightmare.
    
    There have been some protracted discussions about making traffic separation
    schemes mandatory (as with airfield control zones) which raises such
    questions as division of responsibility between controller, master and
    pilot (particularly who gets flung in the slammer when it goes wrong), use
    of transponders for vessel ident. and would it include pleasure rowing
    boats off Folkestone beach.
    
    NG
    

       
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