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VIDEO: Sailboat vs. oil tanker

A racing sailboat and an oil tanker collided during the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week regatta, knocking one crewmember overboard and bringing down the rig.

There were no serious injuries aboard the yacht, which is named Atalanta. Published reports identify her as a Corby 33. The accident occurred Aug. 6 off Egypt Point, Isle of Wight, during the first day of the regatta, according to the event's press agency, WSM Communications, which has offices in London and Wilton, Conn.

Click play to watch the collision.

"An official investigation will take place, but we cannot offer further details until this has occurred," says WSM public relations manager Ben Cummings.

The video shows the 870-foot tanker Hanne Knutsen T-boning the sailboat’s port side. As Atalanta slides along the ship's port bow, the spinnaker gets snagged in its anchor, dismasting the yacht. Four RIBs sped to the scene seconds after the mishap.

First held in 1826, Cowes Week is one of the longest-running sporting events in the United Kingdom. The eight-day regatta takes place each August in the Solent off Cowes.

About 1,000 boats participate, from high-tech racers to daysailers. This year’s regatta runs through Aug. 13.

Comments (11) Comments are closed
11 Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:45
Jim Owens
What’s going on here other than stupidity?

I sail on the Chesapeake Bay and there are often large vessels around. They can’t even see you if you get within a half mile under their bow.Trying to beat one to the “Crossing” is crazy. I often see people trying to beat the big boy but is is suicidal.

I feel sorry for the master of the large vessel who is going to be involved in a lot of paper work.
10 Monday, 15 August 2011 06:46
A sailboat normally has right of way over a powerboat which is less than 20m in length. Boats over 20m in length have right of way over all smaller pleasure craft. The sailboat should have kicked on the engine and avoided the freighter. On the other hand, the freighter probably shouldn't have been traveling so fast, but the fault definitely lies with the sailboat.
9 Saturday, 13 August 2011 19:23
in case if no one has ever heard, tonnage has the right of way.
8 Saturday, 13 August 2011 02:00
john ennis
7 Friday, 12 August 2011 14:36
Rodney Dangerfield
HEY...You scratched my anchor!
6 Friday, 12 August 2011 01:51
Steve Kirkner
It's not a powerboat, obviously a sailboat!
5 Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:46
Stupid people don't know their stupid. You need to be aware of all boats in your area. Thinking, Right of way could of got someone hurt of killed.
4 Thursday, 11 August 2011 22:58
Chip Hammond
Yield? A ship of that size under way does not yield. End of story.
3 Thursday, 11 August 2011 22:42
I believe the oil tanker had the right of way if for no other reason the sailboat was more manuverable under the circumstances. I am sure there folks reading this with far more knowledge about this than myself who can confirm this.
2 Thursday, 11 August 2011 19:43
Gee whiz...why didn't that powerboat yield?
The sailboat was under sail and we all know that means "get out of my way"!
1 Thursday, 11 August 2011 19:39
Right of way or not, I hope I would have come about long before it got that close.
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