I am sure you are all well aware..........you are a very experienced lot.......but I will tell you anyway.....
10 miles off Alderney there is a two sea lanes, each going in opposite directions, which are VERY busy. Ships pass at about 5 min intervals even on Xmas day!
Try dodging a supertanker or container ship when it emerges from the fog 50 yards in front of you-and remember, even if they are watchkeeping, they won't see you on RADAR.
Playing chicken is probably great fun but just as you wiping your brow and saying "phew, just missed that one", there will be another, just ahead, going in the opposite direction!!!
Oh, and you will remember their wakes won't you?
"Ribbing-the most expensive way of traveling third class"