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Old 08-17-2011, 01:36 PM
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Rule of dum azzes......Hey, watch this!
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:46 PM
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Some more information here: http://yachtpals.com/yacht-crash-9423

There seem to be no question who is at fault.
It seemed to happen in a special zone where other boats should stay clear. The prohibited Zone is 1000m ahead, and 100m either side of any vessel over 150m in length. The tanker in question is 265m long.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:33 PM
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I disagree with those stating it's the tanker's fault. I contend that it was the sailboat's fault, on the premise that the tanker is limited in her ability to maneuver and that she can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway, and constrained by her draft. Never mind the simple laws of gross tonnage.
Agree x eleventybillion.

Pretty cut and dry in my opinion who was at fault.

I bet that snailboat skipper won't try that crap again
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This incident was in Cowes Bay New Zeland but the international rules still apply.

Sailboats do NOT always have the "right of way". BTW, it is now described as a "stand on" and "give way" vessels. Stand on vessels shall maintain course & speed, give way vessels shall avoid stand on vessels. Here's the "Pecking Order":
1) Any vessel being overtaken
2) Vessels not under command (typically a mech. problem, steering etc)
3) Restricted in their ability to manouver (conducting underwater ops, etc)
4) Constrained by their draft (likely the tanker in this situation, must remain within the depths limits of a shipping channel)
5) Fishing vessels (engaged in fishing by towing nets - trawling, NOT trolling hook and lines)

And finally (6) Sailing vessels (under sail only, NOT sail and power). So ALL sailboats must "give way" to vessels 1-5 above. That sailboat hauling ass and overtaking your power boat in San Diego Bay does NOT have the "right of way".

The law further states that when the action of the give way vessel alone is deemed not sufficient to avoid a collision, the stand on vessel shall do whatever needed to avoid a collision. Otherwise the stand on vessel shall maintain course & speed.

7) Power driven vessels
8) Seaplanes on the water
9) Any vessel overtaking another vessel, must stay out of the way of the vessel they are overtaking.



Bottom line:

Sail boat Capt. was at fault.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:51 PM
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Hahaha, stupid dick blow boater.. Now they just need a pile driver, to drive that bish to the bottom..

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This incident was in Cowes Bay New Zeland but the international rules still apply.
It was in England.
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It was in England.
Uhhh, ya...last time I checked Cowes was still in England.
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Uhhh, ya...last time I checked Cowes was still in England.
They have cows in New Zealand too.....just not Cowes.
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Hey! you scratched my anchor!
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:03 PM
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Reminds me of an episode of Whale Wars. Maybe these guys can get a job with and sailing lessons from Admiral Watson and his crew of experienced seaman......

Looks like they were attempting to emulate their heros from Whale Wars.
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