you had me at stephen fry...
If I'd had enough rum, I'd probably insist he do this
Oh. My. God. Oh god. Aie! Tanker!
I'm not sure about my approach to panicking, in hindsight. I wonder if it would have been better to be a leetle bit more urgent!
LORDY. That could have gone far more exciting that you'd have wanted. *shudders*
The lads assured me there was no chance the tanker didn't know perfectly well that we were there. We were only equipped with radar, while they have AIS. They'd probably slowed down ages before we approached them.
Yes. The episode had a slow-motion horror film scene quality to it. I should have been shrieking in terror.
Yikes. That's crazy but at least you realized before anything bad could have happened.
True. I like to think I would have unfrozen in time to do something besides call for confirmation that we were, in fact, headed for A Wall, but since Rob intervened, I'm not sure!
Oh, I don't know - I think they're required to! They have more sophisticated tracking systems, so they pretty much know exactly where other ships are (including small fishing vessels) and can therefore change course or slow down to avoid them much earlier.
I would have smacked him around a bit for that one! or scolded him for not mentioning a gargantuan thing on the radar!
He was muttering under his breath about something, but as I was concentrating on keeping my eyes peeled for things like lobster pots and fishing vessels, I didn't really hear what he was saying!
So how close were you if visability was 100 meters?
Bad Rob, Bad Rob !
Quite close. It was almost motionless and clearly to port, so I don't think that we'd have collided with it even if we'd stayed on the same course. But it would have been close(r).
Yes, I think you have every right to be disappointed that the trip did not include Steven Fry. Apparently you needed Jeeves after all. If only to ask discreetly what was so very large on the radar.
I hope it was gin o'clock very soon after your encounter with the tanker...
I think he would have come up the steps and said quietly, "I believe Madam might wish to change course ever so slightly to starboard." I would have liked that.
Nah it would have been "If you would allow me Madam", followed by a deft and graceful manipulation of the bits whilst balancing the tray holding your G&T perfectly still in his left hand.
My brothers on the bridge of the tanker were probably muttering "Stupid sailboat", amongst other things.
While the tanker was very much in the wrong for not blowing his fog horn, he probably didn't know you were there. Sailboats, even big ones, have very faint radar signatures and we can often be fooled by weather "noise" on the screen into thinking a sailboat is just part of the weather system. Also, if your boat didn't have an AIS, you wouldn't have shown up on his AIS.
Either way, you were very lucky. And I'm glad you are OK. I've been on a ship that had to run over a pontoon boat before, But that's a story for another time.
There is a saying out here: "tonnage rules", and if you click through, you can see why: http://gcaptain.com/idiot-month-sailboat-dismasted?28932
Wow, that close! But that must have been once in a life time, not what if! You already have done it, almost hit a tanker:)
Oh wow. I'm glad you're alright, taht could have been nasty.
Unfortunately The old rule about steam giving way to sail doesn't really apply when you're a tanker and it takes you two miles to slow down.
I've never been sailing but I can tell you from experience that the Plymouth-Santander ferry looks enormous from a kayak when it's sailing into Plymouth and you're trying to cross the deep water channel before it hits you.