Sorry no horror story to this one, just thought other people might have some good pictures of other large ships.
I used to race
from the south coast of England
for many years and like anyone who has competed in cross channel races have my fair share of great and horrible stories. Nicest would be a glorious summer night delivering the boat back to Jersey after competeing in Cowes week. We had a gentle breeze from the west and were cruising along at a sedate 5 knots enjoying a rare perfect crossing. Then to make it even better we were treated to a shooting star display that went on for about 15 minutes!
I have done the journey many times since then and never seen it again.
Worst would have to be delivering a boat up to Cowes fom Jersey. We left at 2 hours before high tide and went west about the island in order to make the tidal gate in the Alderney race
There was no wind
and glorious sunshine. By the time we were off Guernsey we were in hazy conditions which soon deteriorated to thick fog
. We had fitted an AIS
system earlier that week so were not too concerned but Sods Law played its hand and soon after leaving the Alderney Race it went down leaving us in dense fog
and in the shipping
lanes. Visibility was truly dreadful and the question was whether to turn around and get out of the lanes or plough on!
We couldn't head
back to the Race as the tide would have been running against us at approximately 7kts so we chose to carry on. We contacted Crossmar Coastguard to inform them of the situation. They were fantastic, they told us they could see us on radar
and that we were in no imminent danger
. They would keep us under surveillance and asked us to check in every hour, which we willingly did.
We made it across and as we closed the Needles off the Isle of Wight dawn arrived, the wind
filled in and the fog lifted. One very tired and strainded crew re stowed the liferaft
and gratefully made their way to Cowes!