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10-13-2013 11:33 AM
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

After a close encounter with a fast container ship when delivering a 50' yacht this Summer, I am amazed with just how fast this stuff can happen. I was crossing a channel junction at 12 knots in very patchy fog, visibility about 800 yards at the time. I was having issues with the radar and reset it, which takes about two minutes to reboot. At the time I reset it I did a scan all around, looked down to reset and re calibrate it, looked back up in time to see a huge container ship cut across my bow at a range of about 50 yards. I hit the AP release and went hard to starboard, passing about 100' aft of his stern. He continued in his high speed turn and disappeared into the fog in less than a minute. Never a radio contact or blast on the horn. Never did appear on the radar until afterwards. This stuff can happen real fast and if the chute obscured the ship, I could see it.
10-13-2013 10:03 AM
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

Why do they paint those tankers in this stealth color?? Hard to see even on a clear day.
10-12-2013 06:30 PM
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

I don't think it's a tort case, the skipper of the sailboat was charged over his "seamanship"
10-12-2013 12:51 PM
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

Who is suing whom? Surely the tanker didn't suffer damages and from just that video the sailboat doesn't appear to have much of a case. What was the outcome of the trial?
10-12-2013 12:17 PM
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

It's the Solent - probably the epicenter of sailing in Britain, if not Europe.

They manage to hold the Admirals Cup there without anyone getting run down by ships.
10-11-2013 11:06 PM
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

Even though its old I want to know who thought it was a good idea to have a race in an active commercial ship channel? A lack of common sense on the race organizers. You can't cure stupid.
10-11-2013 08:40 PM
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

To give the beneifit of the doubt.... I suppose it's possible - surely not likely, but possible, that the entire crew was focused inside the boat, the large asymm blocked the view and they weren't fully aware of how close they were. I see no attempt of any sort of avoidance measures taken. They were probably wondering why the sail was suddenly collapsing (pressure wave from approaching bow??) and the freighter certainly did sound the horn, so as unlikely as it may seem, perhaps they simply weren't aware.

Who in their right mind would knowingly attempt such a crossing?.. I get fits if those guys are less than 1/4 mile away....
10-11-2013 08:11 PM
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
...What TH could he possibly have been thinking?...
Well, since he was in a race, it's probably "I want to win."
10-11-2013 07:10 AM
Re: Tanker Dismasts Sailboat

Just leaves you scratching your head at such a ridiculously stupid move. What TH could he possibly have been thinking? He should be very thankful no one was killed. Those darned big anchors always get in the way!
10-10-2013 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by TQA View Post
But the best bits come out of the mouth of the defense lawyer. He asked the officer in charge of the tanker why he did not stop and back up?
Surely you jest! Too funny.
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