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    Re: English Channel Crossings
    From: Herbert Prinz
    Date: 2001 Jul 12, 12:07 AM

    Nigel and Aubrey,
    Thank you for confirming what I vaguely remember from sailing there over 15
    years ago. The reason why I am asking this is because we also have traffic
    separation schemes here at the entrances to New York, Boston, etc. But notes in
    my NOAA charts explicitely state:
    "One-way traffic lanes overprinted on this chart are RECOMMENDED [their
    emphasis] for use by all vessels traveling between the points involved. They
    have been designed to aid in the prevention of collisions at the approach to
    [xxx] Harbor, but are not intended in any way to supersede or alter the
    applicable Rules of the Road."
    Now, am I misinterpreting this, if I think I can completely ignore the traffic
    lanes, if I chose to do so, or is this only meant as a restatement of Rule
    10(a), meaning I don't need to use the separation scheme, but IF I get in, I
    have to follow rule 10, and all the other ones? And how would all this square
    with Rule 10(d)(i), which more or less states that a vessel over 20m must use
    the lane, if possible?
    What is the wording on the piloting directions or charts for the the English
    Channel? Is the use of the separation schemes mandatory there (save for the
    provisions of Rule 10(d)(ii))?
    I am not interested in a discussion about whether it would be suicidal ar at
    least extremely silly to ignore the traffic lanes. I just want to understand
    what, exactly, the regulations demand from me, and whether that might be a
    different thing from place to place.
    Herbert Prinz (from 1368950/-4603950/4182550 ECEF)

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