‘Red Right Returning’
A simple way for boaters to remember on which side of the marker buoy they should pass is to use the red right returning memory aid.
‘Red Right Returning’ refers to keeping the red starboard-hand buoy on the right side of your boat when:
- Returning to harbor
- Heading upstream
- Entering a channel from seaward
How do I Determine Which Way is Upstream?
An upstream direction means you are travelling against the current. In many places, the direction of the current is determined by consensus or by the tide. Although not always the case, often you’ll find that water flows from north to south–this means that if you’re going north, you will likely be heading upstream.
To help you determine the direction of water flow, use the following tips:
- If you’re entering a channel from the sea, you are considered to be travelling ‘upstream’
- You can refer to a marine chart to identify the upstream direction of travel
Keep in mind that the same navigational regulations apply when navigating throughout the US. Boat operators can use the Red, Right, Returning memory aid to help them navigate throughout North America, and be sure that they’re safe on the water.
To learn more about how to safely navigate Canada’s Waterways, visit the Justice Laws Website.