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Re: 3 Dead in Sailing Yacht Crash in Race from Newport California to Mexico.

Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
Yes, same thing here--no signal, no radio, no change of course, no response to radio after he passed. I rode up on the stupid s.o.b.'s bow wave he was so close. Perhaps the CG needs to start monitoring the actions of commercial vessels which are clearly in violation of COLREG basic rules and start passing out some fines. I can understand the fact that large vessels cannot maneuver in restricted waterways which is covered in the rules but simply ignoring the presence of smaller, slower vessels in unrestricted waters is dangerous and unacceptable. These guys move too damned fast for sailboats to get out of the way unless they AT LEAST use horn signals to indicate "passing to starboard" or "passing to port." Maybe these captains get their licenses at Sears.
This is my pet peeve with larger shipping... freighters, yes, but we also deal regularly with commuter ferries (as do many in Puget Sound) and tugs with long tows... We meet them often in restricted waters and even though they have fairly predictable routes, one is often faced with the choice to carry on, make one's intentions clear and cross their path with plenty of room to spare (often possible), or take avoidance action early, again to make our intentions clear.

Only rarely has any of these ships' skippers clearly shown his intentions with a simple signal that they wish to pass to port or to starboard. Such a signal would make it much easier to decide how to deal with them. Ferries around here travel around 22-24 knots.. they are on you soon after you spot them. Containers don't loiter either.. Cruise ships can travel quickly too.. and they all share our waters.

This double tragedy in racing is exactly that.. a tragedy. Condolences to all involved and affected.


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