There was a nasty current against us in various place
in the Southern Indian Ocean. Not fun!
Several times I called cargo ships to make sure they could
see Trillium on their AIS. They do not always keep good
watches so it doesn't hurt to make them aware of us.
The first five minutes of roll call is a Silent Period in which emergency information is shared. It is always pleasing to hear nothing during this time. Unfortunately, one evening it was different. One of our fleet yachts had had a mid-afternoon collision with a cargo ship!
The big guys don't always watch for small vessels. It is hard
for them to maneuver so it is better to give way even if you
have the right of way under the navigation rules.
The captain and owner of that vessel is probably the best sailor out here and we have always looked up to him. Something unusual must have happened. Unfortunately, we won’t know the full story until we get to land. And we were happy to hear he has arrived safely into port while sailing with extensive damage to his standing rigging. Kuddos to his sailing skills!
This was the freighter traffic one morning during my
watch. We are the little black boat on the screen.
We actually had to change our course last night to avoid a collision. Even though we have the right of way for two reasons: 1) we are a vessel under sail and 2) they are approaching our port side, we believe in the laws of mass and speed. They are just too big to challenge! And they don’t seem to care – or perhaps even keep a good watch – as they steam forward to their destination!
This looks like the same photo, but it is a different day in
a different location. You must keep a good watch for them.
Here we are the little white boat and the straight white line
is our rhumb line between two destinations.
It won’t do much good except perhaps for an insurance claim. It will be interesting to hear how the collision happened and what the yacht’s crew was doing at the time. It can look like there is no one for miles and all of a sudden they are on your AIS screen and moving at 12-20 knots right at you. By the time they come over the horizon, there is little time to adjust sails and your course. Thankfully, there were no injuries.
|Some days are so calm you must motor sail.|
2) The fresh water pump decided it had had enough and retired its service half way across the Indian Ocean! That was fixable with a spare after the swells settled down some, but for a couple of days we could only use the foot pump which gave us fresh cold water directly from the tank into the galley only.
3) Don broke a tooth on a hard crust of bread!
|From one extreme to another: too calm or too rough!|