Join Date: Jun 2011
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Re: Clueless Sailors?
we were in communication for many miles
Very light wind offshore I was making only a few knots downwind with main vanged out and jib on the other side, he was under power making lots of knots. I had to alter course 90 degrees, and reset all sails to avoid getting cut down by him when he could have altered course maybe 1 degree or less to avoid me.
What I don't understand is if you saw him many miles away, why didn't YOU alter course then ("we were in communication for many miles"), as YOU "could have altered course maybe 1 degree or less" and avoided the situation entirely. THAT would have been prudent seamanship!
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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