RE: Confessions from this weekend of a Potterer

Eric Johnson (
Wed, 4 Aug 1999 09:32:40 -0700

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> >wow. a few weeks ago Lady Washington was on Lake union. I sailed
> around her
> >to admire it, and as i tacked to get out of there, collided with another
> >sailboat under motor power... what is it about that ship?
> >
> Shame on that motor powered sailboat, you had the right of way as a vessel
> under sail power, didnt you? Any damage?

(man, I feel like I'm spending a lot of time explaining collisions lately! )

the LW was drifting slightly. I tried to sail around her in the light winds
and couldn't, so i spun around to get behind her. I forget exactly what
happened, but i got pinched somewhat between the LW and other sailboat - i
had to tack to avoid the LW, which put me right in the way of the other
boat, who proceeded to lightly t-bone me right at the chainplate.

yeah, technically I had right of way and he should have given me more room,
but this one was at least partly my fault because I tacked unexpectedly. It
made me very cranky not because of the damage, but because I try hard to
have good seamanship and i was obviously lacking.

Damage: scratched his gelcoat, bent my chainplate.

it was the very next time out that I rammed the Olson 30. That was clearly
his fault, though if my lookout had communicated with me the situation
better I could have avoided it.

but i haven't hit anyone since.

I'm heading the Flathead Lake again on saturday. I should have the new
cruising chute by then too. I can't wait to play with it.