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Re: Run down by a Tug or Barge
Seems to be a misnomer on the thread title.
They weren't run down by a tug or barge, they cut between a tug and barge.
In the absence of a well calibrated radar, and a qualified operator of that radar it is vitally important that a) the watch fully understands light configurations and b) the skipper opts to sail with caution in busy waterways.
Let's be honest here. Assuming they were keeping a watch - the skipper opted to cut between two vessels that were moving at speed and only 900 feet apart.
6kts is roughly 600 feet per minute.
Seriously, they couldn't wait and pass astern?
I only know what I read in the first post. It appears that even at this time the details are a bit sparse:
Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude
(second article down)
Not that it matters a whole lot, but from the article they were not in the Three Bridges Race. Bottom line is that they are extremely lucky to be alive. The water in the bay this time of year can be in the low 50's.