An Aussie Sailor
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From your description he probably had it all planned in his head how to avoid you, pity he did not communicate it to anyone else.
If you are constrained by draft not a lot you can do, your decision about slowing down was sensible, I would not have stopped in the channel and risked loosing steerage. I think you did all you could do in that case.