Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Near Collision in Berkeley Marina

I was unable too catch the full drama of this encounter on film. The wind was blowing about 12 knots from the left side of the picture. The sailboat was short tacking aggressively upwind. Prior to the first photo, the sailboat was on a port tack moving directly away from the camera. The fishing boat did not acknowledge the sailboat that was headed across it's bow. The sailboat decided to tack early, which would have put it to the left of the fishing boat in the picture. After the sailboat turned, the fishing boat suddenly turned to starboard (it's right, but left in the picture), cutting off the sailboat for a second time. The sailboat fell off to starboard just in time. The soundtrack (not included) was even more colorful.

Let's be careful out there.

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