Saturday Oct 1, 2011

Close Call

Do pollution spewing, highballing, commercial ships put sailboats in danger? Looks like the answer is yes.

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Amy says ... on Monday, Jan 2 at 4:14 PM

A real consciousness-raiser, nice picture and dialogue

PB says ... on Monday, Oct 3 at 12:31 PM

I must have missed the memo that re-designated Puget Sound a playground. Otherwise it has primarily been used for commercial shipping for nearly two centuries.

leroyvanhee says ... on Monday, Oct 3 at 5:59 AM

So it's kinda like creating an unmarked race track in the middle of a playgound. The big kids just want to run fast and the little kids just wanta have fun. Sounds dangerous to me.

JTC says ... on Sunday, Oct 2 at 11:40 AM

Been there done that. Watched two friends get run down by tug/barge combo on the Columbia during race day

PB says ... on Sunday, Oct 2 at 11:17 AM

You could ban the ships to protect the sailboats. But then you'd have to be content with empty shelves when you go shopping. Personally, I'd rather see them stocked with merchandise.

Shaun W says ... on Sunday, Oct 2 at 10:06 AM

I wasn't there, but there is a very large sailboat race each year to Foul Weather Bluff. This brings in lots of money for Edmonds and has taken place for many years with no mishaps with commercial ships. I'm sure all vessels were fine.

Capt. Mike says ... on Sunday, Oct 2 at 9:02 AM

There is a commercial shipping lane through Puget Sound. Most sailboat operators have no idea what the actual "rules of the road" are. Sailboats don't have "right-of-way" in commercial shipping lanes.

The Almighty Jellyfish says ... on Sunday, Oct 2 at 8:49 AM

I hate when they cut in front of the ships like total idiots. Stress on the ship's crew no doubt... I've never heard a captain swear so much in a short period.

Captain B. says ... on Sunday, Oct 2 at 8:06 AM

Recreational sailboats have no business in the shipping lanes.

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