Collision Avoidance

Usually being a sailboat in the open ocean is pretty good. Under the COLREGS sailboats have the right of way over everyone except, in order of priority, vessels “not in command”*,) vessels “restricted in their ability to maneuver,” and vessels “actively engaged in commercial fishing”**.) In channels “restricted in their ability to maneuver” is pretty common. The big ships stay in the channels, we flirt around the edges. But in the open ocean it is very rare. I just spent the last five hours dealing with a vessel (actually several) restricted in their ability to maneuver. Specifically two ocean going tugs pulling an oil rig. A very big oil rig! This was made more complicated by the presence of several other vessels. With AIS it is somewhat possible to predict the closest point of approach. I say somewhat because wind variations can change the CPA. There is nothing quite like expecting to pass across the bow of a big ship and having the wind die! Would I pass in front? Should I alter co

An open letter to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Papeete ( Very large thank you

When Reboot s lower starboard shroud shattered 1200 nautical miles from the nearest shore we were (with English understatement) “a bit concerned.” We contacted our shore support who contacted the United States Coast Guard. Given our geographic location we were handed off to MRCC Papeete. From that time until we dropped anchor they maintained an “Overwatch” of our position and progress. This included manning the signal station at Hiva-Oa to assure our funal approach was monitored and we anchored safely.From the Captain and crew of Reboot our sincere thanks for your professionalism and support.