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Old 08-12-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Sail Bote vs BIG SHIP

Idiot of the Month: Sailboat Dismasted by 120,000 ton tanker off Cowes | gCaptain
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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I could start a rant, I really could, and go ballistic but why waste energy on stupidity. Which, BTW, starts with the decision to hold a race in a shipping channel.

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Old 08-12-2013, 10:31 AM   #3
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Greetings,
Next thing you know you'll be beating on pink sails as well Mr. C'head.....
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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The prudent sailor passes behind the tanker.

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Old 08-12-2013, 04:01 PM   #5
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I envision a law suit from the big ship owners, ala Rodney Dangerfield in "Caddy Shack" - "Hey, you scratched my anchor!!!!"
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:44 PM   #6
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Well, it is pretty clear what most likely happened (stupid in the extreme although it was). The sailboat gauged his speed and figured that he could make it, without taking into consideration that the big ship would steal his wind. Look as if he lived to sail another day, so he needs to count his blessings.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:06 PM   #7
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Darwin was wrong again.....
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Nope. Big ship. Small sailboat. The fittest survived. :-)
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:31 PM   #9
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From the square set of spinnakers on several sailboats running before the wind and passing by the ship, ship`s bow seems to be into the breeze, suggesting the boat involved was not blanketed. Silly miscalculation, inevitable result.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:43 PM   #10
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From the square set of spinnakers on several sailboats running before the wind and passing by the ship, ship`s bow seems to be into the breeze, suggesting the boat involved was not blanketed. Silly miscalculation, inevitable result.
Yes, I looked at the video more closely and I think you are right. His spinnaker was luffing some time before the big ship got there. I guess it is anybody's guess as to what he was doing. :-)
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luffing is a term I usually don't use.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:29 PM   #12
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The first thing you have to look for in these situations is how many sailboat- sized dents are on the bow area of the ship . . . .
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:14 AM   #13
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This happens frequently in his area!!
Busy waterway with commercial ships, naval vessels, and very large commercial tankers, freighters and much smaller sailing vessels. Back in the day our RN minesweeper picked survivors out of the water when a sailboat crossed the path of a tanker running into the Fawley refinery, in this same area.
As stated in other threads, always get out of the way of big ships, no matter who is "stand-on" vessel. They may not see you, probably are unable to do anything about you, and may care less!!
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I had a work contract for one of the large media corporations covering Cowes week during the 80's, it was like the America's cup x 10 sharing one of the busiest waterways in Europe, probably the world.

Imagine the skippers reaction looking up at that bow, no more than 100' ahead, bearing down on you at 20 odd knots. A very lucky skipper I think.
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