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Is racing at night through channels common?
After a near collision with a race boat Friday night, I'm a bit perplexed as to how night racing is allowed in crowded harbours. I am speaking of darkness, not sunset.
A 40 ft vessel with dark hull and dark sails, (not helping matters), crossed our bow within 15 feet. We we're on starboard tack, they were on port.
We were navigating a channel into the main harbour of Toronto. I did not see him until his bow crossed, and made an evasive turn to port to avoid collision. We were lit with bicolour on bow and white light on stern. Some boats in the race had a mixture of steaming and anchor lights on as well as bicolour lights.
I managed to spot the other 20 or so boats in the race, but that one eluded me. Yes, I had the right of way, but I still bear some responsibilty.
Light polution in the area is extreme - with an airport and freeway in my sight lines. Also it is a channel with tour boats.
Is this common? I hailed the race committee on the radio, but it went silent after they acknowledged my initial call.
If we I had trimmed my jib 30 seconds earlier, it would have been a collision for sure. And Most likely there would have been fatalities.
Perhaps he thought he could safely pass my bow?
Edit to clarify, the race was outside the channel, but across the approach to it, (within 1/2 mile)
Last edited by Ninefingers; 09-19-2016 at 04:21 PM.