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Old 14-08-2013, 10:50   #46
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Re: A Collision Waiting To Happen

Yes Neo, I like your attitude, honesty and approach.
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Old 14-08-2013, 11:01   #47
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Re: A Collision Waiting To Happen

I can relate to your trust issues, I always figure the other guy doesn't understand or know the rules.
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Old 14-08-2013, 11:59   #48
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Re: A Collision Waiting To Happen

Ok, here is what I saw..

Neo is hard on the wind (15 sec mark of video).

The other boat has a constant bearing and decreasing range, i.e. collision will happen if "someone doesn't do something".

Based on the wind gage and waves, the other boat is either on a beam reach or maybe a broad reach.

Also based on the video and point of sail, the other vessels sails look to be set where they should be if he was close hulled, not on a broad or beam reach. I could be wrong but it struck me the other boat's skipper is somewhat inexperienced based on this (and not giving way to a vessel on a stbd tack).

Neo is on stbd tack, the other boat on port tack. This is not a race, racing rules don't apply.

Neo only has on option and that is to fall off the wind.

Other boat has several, and the obligation to give way.

The other boat should have given way.

The only problem I have is neither boat sounded a horn to indicate intensions.

I would have done exactly what Neo did to avoid the collision, except I would have sounded my air horn to let him know my intentions.

Had the exact same situation happen a year ago, except I was watching him and he didn't see me.

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Old 14-08-2013, 12:13   #49
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Re: A Collision Waiting To Happen

I appreciate Neo coming to the forum with this and being forthright about what happened. Like boatman 61, you have my respect. It is a lesson for all of us to learn and it can serve as a wake up call to us, who can get complacent. Also for showing your vulnerability here, as has been observed in the past, sometimes the knife here gets a bit sharp and close to the bone. If I had believed the other vessel was not taking sufficient action to avoid a collision, I would have done the same, stand on , give way be damned, I don't want to make contact with another vessel for any reason, unless if is deliberate )
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Re: A Collision Waiting To Happen

Since Neo was on starboard tack, and the other boat on port tack, Neo was the stand-on vessel. It looks like Neo was close-hauled and so was unable (without tacking) to alter course to starboard for that port/port crossing that some of you are suggesting. The oncoming boat was on a collision course and was not falling off. Neo altered course to port when it became apparent that the other boat was not giving way. Had Neo attempted to tack at the last moment he would then be crossing the other boat's bow.

I think Neo did the right thing. Yes, a better lookout should have been kept, but the maneuver would have been the same.
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Old 14-08-2013, 17:33   #51
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Since Neo was on starboard tack, and the other boat on port tack, Neo was the stand-on vessel. It looks like Neo was close-hauled and so was unable (without tacking) to alter course to starboard for that port/port crossing that some of you are suggesting. The oncoming boat was on a collision course and was not falling off. Neo altered course to port when it became apparent that the other boat was not giving way. Had Neo attempted to tack at the last moment he would then be crossing the other boat's bow.

I think Neo did the right thing. Yes, a better lookout should have been kept, but the maneuver would have been the same.
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Old 14-08-2013, 17:45   #52
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Re: A Collision Waiting To Happen

I echo capt58 and boatman's comments supporting you for sharing your close encounter. If just one weekend skipper takes note, you have done a real service to the cruising/sailing community. Hat's off to you, mate... Phil
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