I was with a friend in his new 29ft Jaguar
yacht going out of Fleetwood harbour in the marked channel. Ahead of us was a P&O large ferry
making entry. The radio crackled and it was the local Coastguard calling to advise the entry of the vessel at position XXX XXX and as we were at XXX XXX it would be a close passing in the channel.
My friend looked at me and feeling the confidence of youth and a new certificate, made some dismissive response.
One minute later, the radio crackled again and this time it was the radio officer of the P&0 ferry
in front of us. In the calmest Dublin lilt the man said:
"Jeeez, I couldnt understand a word of the posh lingo he used. So to make it easy for us all, we are less than a mile away and pushing a bow wave higher than your house. It will take 3 miles to stop so you work out the maths. If it was me in your boat and I drew less than three foot, Id be thinking about heading to your starboard as quick as possible and even think about putting on life jackets because its going to get rough for a little bit."