I saw Essence last week in Newport
and I transit the location of that accident
at least 2 times a year for 20 yrs if not more.
I have picked up AIS
from vessels in these waters moving coal or scarp or other cargo.. but many do no use AIS
Since I know these big guys don't maneuver well and may not even be watching I always stay well clear.. and try to stay out of the typical course lines the monsters take when moving in and out of the sound.
Just a few days ago in sailing from Newport
to LI, A tug with a huge tow came up behind and crossed... a stern and headed into the race
and down the sound. Any sailor should know that these guys are moving up and down the Sound all year and at any time of day from Bridgeport, New Haven, NYC
and the fuel
Depot on Long Island
I suspect the boat was motoring on autopilot
... of course...and the crew on watch was below eating... or had fallen asleep... more likely The rhumb line coarse from Newport to Greenwich would take them right down the same path that the cargo haulers take. Obviously they had no Radar
or AIS alarms.. or slept through them.
Beautiful yacht.. what a tragedy. My heart goes out to the family
and friends of the cook.. may she rest in peace.
Local knowledge and good seamanship saves lives.