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Sailing close to the wind (youtube link) Cowes

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Sailing close to the wind (youtube link) Cowes

Sailing close to the wind supertanker


Sail size has the right of way
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Re: Sailing close to the wind (youtube link) Cowes

What's the rule of the sea?....power gives way to sail.
I guess there are obvious exceptions to this rule Cheesy
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Re: Sailing close to the wind (youtube link) Cowes

Leisure gives way to merchant and if you cross the main shipping lanes you take your chances.
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Re: Sailing close to the wind (youtube link) Cowes

The following quote is taken from a "message board" on this site....
http://www.ship-tracking.co.uk/
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in the resticted area off cowes all vessels should keep clear 1000 mtrs in front and to the stern of big vessels and 100 mtrs either side


If you go to this page,

http://www.ship-tracking.co.uk/aismap/AIS%20Maps/solent.html ;   (double click on the map above COWES to enlarge the scale)..
you will get "live" ship positions, and can see the channel clearly marked, where the tanker has very limited space to manouvre, as it moves towards Southampton, and has to do a "sharp right" turn at " West Bramble Buoy"  (the yellow one between the two green one`s on the corner above Cowes.... This appears to be roughly where it happened.
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Re: Sailing close to the wind (youtube link) Cowes

Generally in confined waters where there are shipping lanes the smaller sail boats have to give way to the larger vessels using the channel/shipping lane. If as the clip commentary text says, there was a local pilot on board it is highly unlikely there was any rule confusion on the tanker's part.  The shipping lanes are often dredged to allow large vessels to enter the port. The large tankers cannot safely leave the dredged channels.
In any event it is a bit like sensible driving on the road.  Even if you have the right of way if you see a 40 tonne lorry coming towards you fast it is a good idea to show discretion and argue about the rules afterwards.
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