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09-21-2007 12:41 PM
labatt Just saw this on SailingAnarchy... apparently the schooner is now for sale. I don't know what the final conclusion reached by the CG was for this incident but I'd be curious to find out...
07-11-2007 02:58 PM
knotaloud I thought about PFD's too, but you know...I probably wouldn't have been wearing one either.
07-11-2007 02:49 PM
Originally Posted by knotaloud
...I find the headline kind of ironic; "Safety training helps save family in schooner crash", it seems to me, if they truly had such great "safety training" they might have avoided a head on collision with a slow moving tug boat!
Don't know about that, not having been there, but the first thing that struck me was that apparently none of them were wearing PFDs.

07-11-2007 02:30 PM
Sapperwhite I hate the canal at night. They light the damn thing just enough to assist in confusing nav lights. "Is that a street light or a tug", words that I have spoken aloud. I haven't heard anything new regarding this story, but it was the talk of the dock when it happened.
07-11-2007 02:00 PM
knotaloud Whoa! That's a pretty good survival story. But I find the headline kind of ironic; "Safety training helps save family in schooner crash", it seems to me, if they truly had such great "safety training" they might have avoided a head on collision with a slow moving tug boat!
07-11-2007 01:39 PM
labatt Did anything further ever get released on this? Just curious if they've figured out what happened yet...
05-28-2007 08:38 AM
Sabreman Captron, I believe that the key is the original statement that the accident occurred "about 1.5 miles west of the Chesapeake City Bridge". If that's the case, then they were in the Elk River which isn't lit. That said, the first time that I transited the Canal (in '77), we were in the lit part and at about 2100, I looked behind me and saw a red light REALLY high. It took a few moments to realize that it wasn't a radio tower, but a ship. If the running lights on the barge were high, it could have been difficult to discern them. Not an excuse, but perhaps an explanation.
05-24-2007 03:17 PM
captron400 I've gone thru the C&D a dozen times in the past 6 years, twice at night. It's extremely well lit with quartz lights on both sides and may be almost as bright as a ball park in spots, but I'd still rather do it during the daylight if I have the choice. The bigger traffic prefers doing it during the off-hours when the canal is less crowded, and that is enough reason for me to do otherwise. I've had to pass by several large ships and tows, don't want to do it again. It's wide, but not that wide. Two of these bigger things can't pass each other and their entrance is controlled at both ends. I'm sort of surprised that the sailboat skipper didn't see what was in front of him, or maybe he didn't have that much room to get around it. Visibility or not, I've always stayed in the left 1/3 of the canal. The C&D is a very safe place to be, but you really have got to be careful.

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05-24-2007 09:44 AM
labatt I'm still very interested to see what the Coast Guard investigation says, but it will probably be many months before we see anything released...
05-24-2007 12:56 AM
poopdeckpappy wow, scary stuff, I remember as a kid surfing under the lights off HB pier and getting pitched and held in the wash, totally out of air I started kicking for the surface, imagine my surprize when I felt sand instead of air, the oh f**k meter went off the scale
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