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COLREGS VS Racing Rules

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2016 09:22AM EST
A 1995 court case (Juno SRL v. S/V Endevour) established that the International Yacht Racing Rules (IYRR), or whatever set of racing rules sailboats are racing under, take precedence over the COLREGS during a race.

This case applies only to vessels actually participating in the race. It does not apply to other vessels in the vicinity that are not participating in the race. So, if there were a conflict between racing and non-racing boats the COLREGS will be the defining rules.
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