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Liverbudgie

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Serves him jolly well right...
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:28:13 AM »

Yacht Skipper Fined for Crashing into Tanker
Racing yacht Atalanta of Chester collides with oil tanker Hanne Knutsen. (Photo: The Telegraph) The skipper of a racing yacht has been made to pay over £100,000 in fines and costs after colliding with a 120,000 ton oil tanker in the Solent.
Roland Wilson of Perthshire, Scotland was today found guilty on three counts of breaching international maritime law at West Hampshire Magistrates' Court.
On August 6, 2011, the yacht Atalanta of Chester was taking part in the first day of racing at Cowes Week. Heading towards Southampton Docks was the tanker Hanne Knutsen.
 
Skipper Roland Wilson, who at the time was a Royal Navy Lieutenant, said he spotted the red tanker when it was five miles away. However, the yacht sailed into the moving exclusion zone protecting the Hanne Knutsen. Fearing for his safety, a crew member on board the yacht then jumped overboard moments before they collided with the front of the tanker. The yachtís rigging then got caught up on the tankerís anchor causing the mast to collapse onto to the head of one of the crew. He later was taken to hospital but wasnít seriously injured.
Roland Wilson was today found guilty of failing to keep a proper lookout, and impeding a vessel using a narrow channel. He was fined £3,000, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15, and made to pay costs of £100,056.68.
In passing sentence, Judge Anthony Calloway said, "Fortuitous it was that there was no loss of life. The potential for even greater and tragic consequence is, in my judgment, apparent."
Calloway continued, "This was not some Saturday afternoon jaunt by some inadequate vessel crewed by inexperienced, clueless and foolhardy people who frankly have no business being on the water at all. The yacht took a decision, and as I find the wrong decision, to sail towards the problem into the path of the tanker across a narrow channel. It should have kept clear and in the worst event used her engine."
 
Captain Jeremy Smart, Head of Enforcement with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said, "Compliance with the international regulations avoids collisions. It was very fortunate that Mr. Wilsonís actions did not result in very tragic consequences. This case should serve as a reminder to all who use the water that a good lookout, a full appraisal of the situation and early action is essential to avoid incidents like this occurring." Source : MarineLink
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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 11:49:49 AM »

Having been on the Solent myself, I'm not surprised.

So many nutters aboard yachts and RIBs.
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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2013, 12:58:29 PM »

too many who know that steam gives way to sail and just assume everything will get out of their way.
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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2013, 01:28:00 PM »

Reminds me of Norman Wisdom in the Bulldog Breed, running a seagoing laundry business, and sailing his dingy in front of a cruiser shouting 'sail before steam'.....
They don't make movies like that any more.
Fortunately.

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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2013, 01:30:47 PM »

too many who know that steam gives way to sail and just assume everything will get out of their way.
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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2013, 02:18:03 PM »

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too many who know that steam gives way to sail and just assume everything will get out of their way.
Grendel

Not true actually, these racing yotties can be quite fanatical in their desire to win. He thought he could nip in ahead of the tanker but the size of its hull literally took the wind out of his sails and the boat lost way. But, yes, it was a silly thing to do. Wonder where he will find the hundred grand costs?

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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2013, 07:09:08 PM »

Wonder where he will find the hundred grand costs?

sell his yacht hopefully.....teach the arrogant git a lesson.
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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2013, 07:09:21 PM »

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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2013, 07:52:57 PM »

Power does not give way to sail at all times though , in this case the tanker was in a restricted navigation channel so had right of way over everyone and if a fishing vessel is working gear she has right of way over everyone except in a narrow channel with a large vessel of restricted manoeuvrability
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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2013, 07:55:49 PM »

And if it's got a Mk.8 naval gun on the front, it ALWAYS has right of way!
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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2013, 08:59:55 PM »

A few weeks ago we were coming into Poole on the Condor ferry, There had been some sort of regatta on and a few sailing boats, under power thought they could nip in between us and the marina area, about 3 got pulled over by the harbour police..

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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2013, 10:07:29 PM »

And if it's got a Mk.8 naval gun on the front, it ALWAYS has right of way!

Not always.



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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2013, 03:07:44 AM »

Power gives way to Sail....due to rigging caught in propeller..... {-) (that's always been our rule out here)
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Re: Serves him jolly well right...
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2013, 12:02:06 PM »

The international collision rules apply in Aussie as in every other national waters, a vessel restricted by its daft has right of way over all other vessels except a vessel not under command, perhaps a sailing vessel under a R N officer comes into that category !!!!!!!!!
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