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Old 27 April 2013, 01:55   #141
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No, Timw is our wind up merchant and he's not very good at it. Either ignore him or laugh at him is the usual policy.
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Old 09 October 2013, 10:32   #142
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BBC News - Cowes Week yacht crash skipper 'too close' to tanker
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Old 09 October 2013, 11:07   #143
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'Mr Wilson denies three counts of contravening maritime regulations' :r ofl:
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what has to be a joke ;

'Mr Wilson denies three counts of contravening maritime regulations'
Wait till the defence team get into it, professional skipper and trained- and the big orange tanker altered course towards me so it put me too close !!!! Guess we must be careful as case running and it would be shame to see us cause a retrial
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Should've gone to specsavers, he may well be colourblind!! Bloody lucky that nobody lost their life in that one !!
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The court should fine the naval chap loads of money for wasting tax payers money. Pleading not guilty is just a joke. What is he trying to prove.
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Two things that are a waste of time on a sailing boat, an umbrella and a Royal Naval Officer!!
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The court should fine the naval chap loads of money for wasting tax payers money. Pleading not guilty is just a joke. What is he trying to prove.
Well he either has a credible defence (who knows we've not heard it yet) or his legal team have advised him that the crown may not have a strong case (and it is entirely right that a defendant can put the crown to the test - it is not a 'waste of taxpayers money' that the Crown should have to prove their case, it is a founding principle of our judicial system) or he is just really hopeful/badly advised! It will be interesting to see the other side of the story!

However by choosing to go to trial IF FOUND GUILTY he will effectively pay 50% extra on his sentence AND as it is an English court he'll have to pay costs which for a multiday trial are going to be not insignificant.
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Good to see the Royal Navy weren't discouraged by the 'Cod War' back in the day and still have ramming on their syllabus for aspiring Admirals. They even paint the target bright orange and nearly a 1000' long, just to give the guy a sporting chance of achieving a hit....
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I can imagine that, as he was registered/engaged in a well publicised and organised race that he may feel that normal navigational rules should not apply.
" you don't see formula 1 drivers having to give way to 18 wheeler road tankers as they speed around the circuit " type of defence and try to deflect blame on the Cowes week race organisers.
Was it specifically written on the race application form that the colregs should be followed at all times? Common sense to most of us but perhaps a clever layer might see it otherwise.

If it is feasible to use this a defence then it could have serious implications for the future of the event.

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