Sailing up the English Channel
last week, I took this picture of the radar screen
. First my apologies for the quality - it was in a force 9, gusting 10 gale so I was a little busy with other matters- This is on the dog watch.
Count 'em - 18 ships going i almost every direction. Here AIS
is invaluable. There is no way I could have crossed this stretch of the canal using only my eyes and a handheld compass
This was pretty normal for the Channel.
Re Colregs - no way to do this unless you have a thorough understanding. Here, you simply cannot "just stay out of their way"