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GMDSS A User's Handbook

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GMDSS A user's handbook








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Drama as Yacht hits Sydney Ferry

Drama in Sydney harbour as a sailing yacht hits a ferry:

Credit: YouTube/TROYDEEZY88

A dramatic incident involving a sailing yacht hitting the Sydney to Manly Ferry has been posted on YouTube.  The yacht appears to have been caught out by a severe squall.  With both the main and foresheets let go, the yacht is out of control, and a member of the crew can be seen clinging to the windward guard rail.  

Inexperience may have been a contributing factor, as the crew member is clinging on 'for dear life', rather than trying to sort the problem or control the yacht.  And with a spinnaker pole rigged, it seems that the crew might well have been caught unawares by the squall as they tried to rig the yacht for downwind sailing in less gusty conditions.  Flying a 'kite' in that kind of squall would be somewhat unadvisable!

The ferry can be heard sounding its horn as it tries to warn the yacht of the impending collision, and ferry passengers look on with interest as the yacht hits the aft end of the ferry.  Later media reports in Sydney say that the ferry stopped, and called the emergency services, but that no one was hurt in the incident.

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