Originally Posted by Poly
Well it seems the case did call again last friday and has been covered in PBO. Its going to drag on a bit with it not calling again until 22nd and then potentially running the rest of that week.
Trial of Cowes Week yachtsman Roland Wilson | Pbo
The defence case is starting to become a bit clearer - the tanker was possibly speeding; the tanker signalled a turn to starboard which it either slowed, or aborted. And a hint that perhaps the MPZ wasn't properly managed with only one escort in such a busy time (I'm surprised we haven't seen any question on whether it was prudent for the tanker to proceed in the middle of a race, or even if the HM should have permitted the race in the middle of a live shipping lane).
The race committee at Cowes give out and are also on line the rules of the road covering sailing in the restricted zone. It shows a shaded area as well for extra care. Yes he may be using this defense but no way can Harbour authorities be blamed, this is a working port and they do a great job securing safe passage for all. I accept thay have added some additional resources now - A double crewed RIB runs around trying to intercept the fools that choose to sail in the way of a large ship. No speed restrictions I am aware of in this area except when fireworks night and they send out a mariners notice.
The signal to turn to starboard he heard we believe is one horn of FIVE!!
For those who dont use this area of water, there is a commercial route due to shallows called Bramble Bank so all ships follow the main designated route. For a sailor from IOW and with naval training I cannot believe his actions but will let the court decide guilt
Just found 2011 mariners notice issued for Cowes Week
Moving Prohibited Zone (MPZ)
The Southampton Harbour Byelaws enforces the requirement that all vessels over 150 metres in length when navigating in the Precautionary Area referred to in this notice are automatically allocated a Moving Prohibited Zone (MPZ). The MPZ is an area extending 1000 metres ahead and 100 metres either side of any vessel greater than 150 metres within the Precautionary Area.
The Master of a small vessel (less than 20 metres in length or a sailing vessel) shall ensure that his vessel does not enter a Moving Prohibited Zone.
For the purpose of indicating the presence of the Moving Prohibited Zone the Master of any vessel of over 150 metres length shall display on the vessel where it can be best seen, by day: a black cylinder, and by night: 3 all round red lights in a vertical line.
When operationally possible the Southampton Harbour patrol launch (VHF Call Sign ‘SP’ Channel 12) will precede these vessels within the ‘Precautionary Area’ showing, in addition to the normal steaming lights a blue fixed light. The absence of the patrol launch will not invalidate the implementation of the moving prohibited zone.