Join Date: Feb 2010
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Sailboat and Powerboat collide outside Newport
Sadly a woman on the sailboat was killed in the collision. We were sailing just north of this incident, shortly before it occurred. The Bay was very busy, with boats of all kinds going in all directions. My wife and I commented on how it was clearly the height of the season.
In fact, we had a large (estimate 45-50ft) powerboat approaching us at full cruise speed on a collision course, from our port side. We were motor sailing, at that moment, with just the main up. No matter whether the stinkpot thought we were sailing or motoring, we were stand on. He had plenty of room to maneuver, but he plowed right through. I had to back down to let him cross our bow by about 50 ft.
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