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Old 29 August 2009, 12:24   #11
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Images from his return into Portsmouth

Met up in The Solent and took these early before the scrum at Gunwharf. Appreciate not RIBS but he deserves all the praise. I know loads joined in at Portsmouth and Tim M ended up with the task of towing him into the gunwharf harbour with his 6.5!!!! Hopefully the images will be added later
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Old 29 August 2009, 12:29   #12
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Met up in The Solent and took these early before the scrum at Gunwharf. Appreciate not RIBS but he deserves all the praise
Absolutely. Anyone who goes round the world on their own deserves serious respect, at that age its all the more impressive, especially since most 17 yr olds don't seem to be able to get to school without mummy or daddy giving them a lift!

Would you let "your" 13 yr old do it though?
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An excellent achievement & well done to him.

However, Rule 5 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (1972)
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"Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision"

How does a single handed yachtsman comply with this regulation & what are the consequences (for the other vessel) if he is involved in a collision with another vessel?
I'm not saying it is right to sail round the world without keeping a "proper" lookout, but equally I think it would be sad if compliance with this rule prevented the adventure / personal challenge that is singlehanded endurance sailing.

I believe they mitigate this risk by only sleeping for 20 minutes at a time; which together with radar ensures that it is very unlikely that there is anyone who presents a collision risk whilst they are not actually maintaining a lookout.

I'm not aware of any singlehanded round the world skipper colliding with anyone as a result of not keeping a proper lookout. As I understand it they will tend to maintain a constant lookout in any busy areas, which is possibly better than some ships!
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As Ian said I had the task of towing him in. We towed the boat all the way from Ryde in the end as he was running late. Quite an experaince coming into Portsmouth with a flotilla of about 30 boats including 2 police boats, HMS something and the worlds press. QHM held the IoW ferries to let us though! There were literally thousands of people lining the beach, Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf which was fantastic to see. Will pots some pics in due course!

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I'm not saying it is right to sail round the world without keeping a "proper" lookout, but equally I think it would be sad if compliance with this rule prevented the adventure / personal challenge that is singlehanded endurance sailing.

I believe they mitigate this risk by only sleeping for 20 minutes at a time; which together with radar ensures that it is very unlikely that there is anyone who presents a collision risk whilst they are not actually maintaining a lookout.

I'm not aware of any singlehanded round the world skipper colliding with anyone as a result of not keeping a proper lookout. As I understand it they will tend to maintain a constant lookout in any busy areas, which is possibly better than some ships!
Ok, so this is obviously a subject on which people will have differing opinions BUT a rule is a rule & this rule applies to "all vessels upon the high seas & in all waters connected therewith navigable by seagoing vessels".
A watchkeeper on a merchant vessel is required to have a minimum of 10 hours of rest in a 24 hour period, one portion of this rest must be for a minimum of 6 hours, radar is a navigation aid & even with guard zones set up it may not detect everything. Radar is simply just one of the "all available means appropriate". A busy area is hard to define, but the rules do not differentiate between busy & quiet areas, hence the stipulation that a proper lookout must be kept at ALL times. Collisions are by there very nature caused by a chain of events leading up to the collision.
The logic that a single handed round the world skipper has not yet collided with anyone is illogical as the lapse of time during which this has not happened is in this logic alleged as a reason why it should never happen even when the lapse of time during which it has not happened would probably make such an event imminent?
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Ok, so this is obviously a subject on which people will have differing opinions BUT a rule is a rule & this rule applies to "all vessels upon the high seas & in all waters connected therewith navigable by seagoing vessels".
A watchkeeper on a merchant vessel is required to have a minimum of 10 hours of rest in a 24 hour period, one portion of this rest must be for a minimum of 6 hours, radar is a navigation aid & even with guard zones set up it may not detect everything. Radar is simply just one of the "all available means appropriate". A busy area is hard to define, but the rules do not differentiate between busy & quiet areas, hence the stipulation that a proper lookout must be kept at ALL times. Collisions are by there very nature caused by a chain of events leading up to the collision.
The logic that a single handed round the world skipper has not yet collided with anyone is illogical as the lapse of time during which this has not happened is in this logic alleged as a reason why it should never happen even when the lapse of time during which it has not happened would probably make such an event imminent?
Sorry to interrupt such a serious debate, shall we just give Mike support for such an achievement and debate who keeps the best watch on another post. The young man has achieved what most of us would not dare to do.
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As Ian said I had the task of towing him in. We towed the boat all the way from Ryde in the end as he was running late. Quite an experaince coming into Portsmouth with a flotilla of about 30 boats including 2 police boats, HMS something and the worlds press. QHM held the IoW ferries to let us though! There were literally thousands of people lining the beach, Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf which was fantastic to see. Will pots some pics in due course!

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This link for your pics failed Tim
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The young man has achieved what most of us would not dare to do.
Agreed .. its quite unbelievable really, for someone so young to have such resolve, or is it that the improvement in comms and nav gear and the internet has really made the world a smaller place ?
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Does not seem to work Tim -here is another link to some images taken by the photographer with me today

http://www.lightwaveimages.net/portfolio68444.html

Hope to have some Cowes powerboat race images uploaded later on racing forum
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