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You wanna pick your collision partner a little more carefully. With officers like that, makes one think twice about joining the Royal Navy. Should be quite a humorous trial:

"Most sailors would try to give a giant, bright red oil tanker a wide berth.

But Roland Wilson managed to crash a 33ft racing yacht into the 120,000 ton vessel during Cowes Week.

The yacht crewed by senior Royal Navy officers was severely damaged when it breached navigation rules and collided with an oil tanker during a race, a court heard.

The 33ft-long Atalanta of Chester was on the penultimate leg of the race on the first day of the world's largest sailing regatta."

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Former Royal Navy officer denies flouting maritime law after crashing yacht into bright red 120,000-tonne oil tanker | Mail Online
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We are new to sailing and would even try to avoid that one!
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He's an idiot and calling him "Captain" is a misnomer. At 5 boat lengths, he should have been able to tell that there was NO way he could make it. Hard to starboard would have saved his boat and his crew from a life threatening situation. "Constrained by draft", "stand on vessel", "limited maneuverability"
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I have noticed that large ships move faster than it seems.. but yes, that was a bad move on his part.

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If they're going to paint those big ships in that stealthy, red color, this sort of thing is bound to happen.
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He'll get out of the way. I learned that driving the Sara...
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Hey, you scratched my anchor!
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Re: david and GOLIATH Collision

Ok .... devil's advocacy for just a moment ..... for the sake of the argument tanker is heading directly into the wind. Race course, judging by other yachts, is dead down wind or nearly so. Is it possible that just prior to incident yacht has rounded up big time and that the crew is so busy trying to get her back under control that they fail to realise the danger ? Seems possible if only because there appears to be no pressing need for the yacht to cross the tanker's bows and the spinnaker is not drawing as the collision point approaches.

Then again maybe his mother did marry her first cousin and simply bred an idiot.
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