- - I think Christian VanH should get the award
for most creative addtition to this thread. But anyway not to beat a dead horse but there are some relatively new developments along with some clarifications of older points.
After reading several Aussie newspapers websites:
- - Old, first, Supposed both vessels saw each other on AIS
- the father is quoted as saying he was also watching both vessels on an AIS [probably one of the websites that does that] and saw them approaching each other. He claims his daughter was not at fault and the freighter was . . . My comment: this confirms my earlier assertion that she was NOT properly schooled in international COLREGS and most certainly her father had no knowledge of them witness by his statement. His statements also bring up the question - If he was watching the vessels approach each other why did he NOT telephone her to find out if she was awake and aware of the approaching freighter?
- - Second old one - There is an official investigation in progress of the incident and supposedly by now she should have been interviewed by the authorities for as reported: "her knowledge and skill level". However, it was reported that the investigation will take at least one month as they have to get the report from the Chinese authorities on the actions and the logs
of both of the vessels.
- - New: The damage to her boat is extensive. According to the latest news, the collision
broke loose internal bulkheads and the boatyard had to cut out a large section of the exterior hull
to get to the damaged area inside. They expect the work to be completed in a week. My comment: I have done such repairs
and most likely a collision of that sort breaks loose the transverse bulkheads athwart the main mast
. That sort of damage seriously compromises the ability of the hull
to resist the mast
loading of the main shrouds. And it takes more than a week for such FRG repairs
to reach full strength.
- - Add in that she is running up against a deadline for seasonal weather
to be able to make it around the world. As reported the weather
window is closing and if she does not get underway in a week or two she risks encountering seasonally severe weather conditions. My comment: what do you get when you mix a "deadline" with a boat/voyage? Any experienced cruising sailor can any that question with one word.
- - Recapping - here is a situation with a seriously damaged/compromised vessel with "rushed" repairs, a weather deadline, an investigation into serious violations of International maritime regulations
and a person who has not demonstrated any knowledge of how to sail the oceans. My (nasty) comment: She must have gotten her insurance
from Edward Williams . . .