Maybe these cruise ships are longer than I thunk! We have two carriers at least, not sure of the models, would assume nimitz class.......These cruise ships are every bit as large or longer than the one in Everett I used to go by where I moored for a bit.......
then in hindsight, I thought puget sound was the busiest, altho we may be the largest sq miles.......
May have to look this all up!
I know for swiftsure, once an hour there are three or four CG area reports of where the BIG ships are coming thru the straght, so the racers do not get surprised by the BIG boys, and can stay away from them.
Look it up? Why?
The Straits of Juan De Fuca ( where the famous "Swiftsure" race is) is the route ships run for these ports (and more): Van, BC (Most ship traffic, most tonnage, busiest port on the west coast of NA?), Seattle and Tacoma ( combined, 3rd largest West Coast US), Everett, Bangor Sub base, Bremerton naval sy, other US and BC ports.
Add all the Alaska trade (tug/barge, small fish boats, large fish boats, coastal frieghters), coastal trade (tug/barge, etc).
I can't (and don't care) to quote data. There are a bunch of big guys transitting the Strts of JDF. Although it's a large area, Pilots (know what that means) don't board until well inside the Straits (Port Angeles, Race Rks)
The VTS for the Strts of JDF is a joint deal - US/Can. Mostly, and simplistically, the area is part of "Seattle Traffic" VTS - ch 5A ( north of Bush Pt, 14 So. of.)
The guys (VTS, "Seattle Traffic") that made safety announcements hourly during the "swiftsure" were... Uh, well, don't take as negative - going out of their way, making announcements on many frequencies (16,5A, 13?, possibly the designated RC freq?) because they recognized that the situation called for.. extra precaution, added traffic updates, AND that a bunch of ships (controlled by guys that ain't from around here) combined with a bunch sailboats, racing at night once a yr. in the area (run by guys that are unknown in their world).
Don't expect hourly updates - except during the race.
Many areas have major ship traffic. If you think you might be near shipping/commercial lanes - know what that's all about. Never believe that ships at sea, large commercial guys in traffic lanes, or elsewhere are able to avoid you.
In general - commercial guys know very little about sailboats (and don't care). Tacking close to any powerboat can be very confusing to them. Believe me -
guys with big tonnage licenses know nothing about sailing up wind ( or sailing at all).
Here's one for ya:
I heard a call on the VHF when in the Strts of JDF. It went something like this:
"the white power vessel, bearing 078, range 3000 yards, this is Navy unit 23"
then he repeated the call, and demanded the this small boat alter course and get out of his way.
I got a good laugh that day.