Soo, the collision
happened when the girl was asleep and her vessel was not under command, but it was the fault of the Captain
of the big ship..?
Not sure what planet these people are coming from..
Lets go back to basics:
1) The Rules of the road was based on both vessels having a lookout.
2) If one "captain" goes to bed
and ignores basic safety
and sea-manship does not make the other Captain responsible for the collision.
3) Anybody singlehanding
for more than 30 hours are selfish and irresponsible: Not only is a lookout required to see and avoid collision, but also to look for emergency
signals from other vessels in distress
: The whole lookout thing is for mutual benefit and safety
...Not to inconvenience some idiot ego and publicity driven kid or adult.
Although the little girl and her pink boat can't do much harm whatever she hits at 5 knots, there are other ego-maniacs out there in big and fast boats who sail across oceans trying to break records while snooring away.
If some poor guys in a smaller boat was ship wrecked or doing repairs
while not under way, they could be run down and killed by the sleeping solo sailor in his performance 60 on autopilot
doing 14 knots.
I have spent a few years of my life as crew man and "Look Out" of big ships including super tankers of 1000 feet and more: In anything but the best weather
, visibilty is limited and the look-out are so far up and so far behind the bow that light rain or spray from the bow will make any kind of "look" useless.
Sure we use fancy radars with alarms and other stuff to detect "targets" but even if we see a sleeping solo sailor bobbing around on auto pilot at close quarters, it may be way too late to take evasive action:
Turn the wheel
to full deflection and select full reverse on a big ship and nothing will happen for a couple of minuttes...Perhaps a slight vibration in the ship is all you will feel, but to change course or to stop takes a loooong time.
Nowadays I am running my own 33 foot sailboat around Florida
and the Bahamas
day and night and in high traffic areas and I know what the big ships can see or not see, and what they can do and not do if they see you:
I stay as far away from big ships as possible..I Make early turns and never ever go solo for more than a few hours so sleep is not a factor.
Anybody crossing oceans solo is not only ignoring the Rules of the Road, but also putting their own lives in danger
and endangering the lifes of others and for what??
1) Ego? ...Go see a shrink.
2) Freedom? ...You are just as free with another crewmember onboard..Perhaps more so as you can take a nap without endangering yourself and others.
3) To get in the history books
? Get a life instead..No points for ignoring safety and crashing into vessels or land while you sleep.
4) To write a book about your own bravery like Dodge Morgan
and his solo around the world? Go feed the poor instead...Much more respect IMHO.
I am all for the kids
sailing around the world, but give them a proper crew: Say 3 or 4 on the pink sailing machine with one of them being an experienced and educated sailor and a licenced Captain.