I grew up in Victoria and have taken all of those ferries, many times. Rules of the Road or no rules of the road. If you boat there, you know about the ferries. Period. You don't mess with big, heavy steel ferry boats. Period!
I am sorry the guy lost his sailboat.
I am really sorry the Ferry Captain will probably pay the brunt of this.
- Clear visibility (apparently)
- Sail boat captain below deck under power (apparently)
- In a restricted narrow channel with known ferry traffic (apparently)
Lucky that this was not a fatality!