Join Date: Oct 2006
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Re: 39th Annual St. Mary's Governor's Cup
A ship was heading north and I was waiting to make sure we could clear the ship's stern before making the tack. Everyone was staring at the ship to starboard, waiting for me to give the command when we drove right into an unlit/unmarked fish trap.
That's called target fixation. It's very hard to avoid. When everyone awake is watching one thing I look elsewhere. When I'm up alone and there is something *ahem* big to watch I try hard (with some but not complete success) to keep making horizon scans for the next problem.
On the Chesapeake it's often a tug & tow avoiding the same ship I'm watching.
Commercial traffic at night is still better than the recreational folks during the day.
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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