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Old 07 August 2011, 16:23   #41
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thanks for clearing that up doug, i can take my tongue out of my cheek now, it was starting to ache
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Old 07 August 2011, 16:24   #42
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Sadly we suffer near miss's with tankers being escorted on a regular basis. In 90% of all cases it is with yachts.
I manage the technical side of the 'waterborne services' contract at the refinery to which the tanker was destined and the tug escorting it coming in was one of ours.

We have had cases of abuse being shouted at the tugs from yachts who are forced to change tact rather than be demasted asthey try to pass around the stern of tankers. Only realising at the last moment that the tug sat 100 odd meters behind the tanker is actually connected to the tanker by rope with approximate 4 tonnes of constant tension on it!.

If it isn't already obvious all the vessels we escort in are 'constrained by their draught' and so are VERY limited in their ability to take avoiding action. Even with one of our 7000hp tugs behind they will still take a considerable amour of time to stop from 10knts.

I will try to upload a few pictures taken in the last 6 weeks of other close calls some of our vessels have suffered.....

The good news is that we rarely have any trouble with motorboaters ...

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Old 07 August 2011, 16:39   #43
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looking at the 1st video the ship looks to me to be also displaying a Cylindrical shape from the foremast ,,vessle constrained by draft .
anyhow it will give the skipper and crew something to talk about in the yacht club bar for many years to come ,,if they live that long .
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Sadly we suffer near miss's with tankers being escorted on a regular basis. In 90% of all cases it is with yachts

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And I'm guessing of the other 10% probably about 9% is large Sunseeker type gin palaces and there's not a lot of RIBs involved? (except the ones that turn up in double quick time to fish the numptys with no LJ's out of the water)
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Old 08 August 2011, 09:09   #45
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I will try to upload a few pictures taken in the last 6 weeks of other close calls some of our vessels have suffered.....

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Would be intresting to see some more pictures!
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What Alan Priddy said! This skipper needs to have his nuts removed before he can breed - on the other hand I'm sure by some Darwinian process he will remove himself from the gene pool!
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Old 08 August 2011, 10:51   #47
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Old 08 August 2011, 11:55   #48
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What Alan Priddy said! This skipper needs to have his nuts removed before he can breed - on the other hand I'm sure by some Darwinian process he will remove himself from the gene pool!
Starting a fight with something 20,000 times bigger than you seems like a potential qualifying entry
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Old 08 August 2011, 12:17   #49
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There are some interesting replies/comment on Southampton Echo pages after the article
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/9182...at_Cowes_Week/
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Whatever the Colregs say, there is one immutable rule. "Fibreglass gives way to steel".
so true
Having grown up sailing and having raced in the Solent over the last 25 years I can confirm that a high % of sailors have never even heard of the colregs / think that everything gives way to sail / assume that all sail gives way to those racing...

the chaos when we had the Coastguard and a rib running an exercise winching in a chap from the rib - straight through our race off Ryde - was a joy to watch

I am totally not a supporter of needing qualifications for sailing (other than the sudden influx of lots of very cheap yachts it would produce!) - however more can be done by race organisers to ensure that skippers are aware of all hazards in the race area (it won't come from the skippers!) - and the need to avoid - there is often an assumption that the skippers have good local knowledge...

great that there was no loss of life though...

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