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Re: Sailboat crashes into ferry!

I am always nervous about this... running into another boat, or more likely, running into a channel marker. One can be lulled into complacency on open water.
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Re: Sailboat crashes into ferry!

I am never complacent around Sidney. Way too many reefs and rocks. As for the ferry turning- it depends on where they are. Some parts of the route are not where I would want to go off exploring with all those lives at stake, and certainly not in those conditions. No, some guy got stuck in a squall, and didn't take down his sails soon enough. At least it was in coastal waters so that production boat is as safe as any Oyster or Swan.
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Reefs and rocks? In Sydney?? There's the Sow & Pigs, but otherwise you have to try pretty hard to find anything non-visible to run into.

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This sailor fell asleep at the helm in Sydney Harbour... crashed into ferry as bewildered passengers are surprised.
Since this didn't make the news, any collision cannot have been serious enough to report. More of a glancing blow perhaps?

By choosing to let the sails flog, my guess is that the crew are incapacitated - maybe injured, probably sea-sick and certainly wishing they weren't out there.

That the spinnaker pole is up, suggests to me they've been out racing and got caught out by the squall. Sydney Harbour is a dangerous place to be in weather like that.

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Reefs and rocks? In Sydney?? There's the Sow & Pigs, but otherwise you have to try pretty hard to find anything non-visible to run into.



Although it came close, from watching the video, I'm not 100% convinced the yacht actually hit the ferry - and since this didn't make the news, it cannot have been serious enough to report as it would have been had there actually been a collision.

Choosing to let the sails flog, my guess is that the crew are incapacitated - maybe injured, probably sea-sick and certainly wishing they weren't out there.

That the spinnaker pole is up, suggests to me they've been out racing and got caught out by the squall. Sydney Harbour is a dangerous place to be in weather like that.
Actually it did hit the ferry as it came to a complete stop and then continued on its way.
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Actually it did hit the ferry as it came to a complete stop and then continued on its way.
Had another look and edited my post accordingly.

TDW would know more than I, but I suspect the Sydney Ferry drivers are used to being run into in conditions milder than that. It's a pretty crowded harbour on a nice day.

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Toronto harbour is full of ferry boats running 3 routes from the Westin Harbour Castle...Wards Island to the east, Centre Island (beaches and kiddies amusement park) and Hanlans Island to the west(c/o beach). Several clubs run their race nights in the inner harbour and they all know that the ferries have right of way, regardless of what you may think. Kayakers and canoes may get special treatment; all others beware.


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Entering into Howe Sound, ferry overtaking power boat on port side. Blows whistle. Lots of clearance. Da skip and family panic ,turn hard to port and run under the bow. Drown.
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Would love to hear his explanation to the insurance company.
haha that would be priceless!
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