Well my only rescue happened off St Albans when we were diving close inshore. When we came to leave, the engine refused to start and we were caught at anchor as the race kicked in. We didn't want to cut the anchor line as we would have been swept into trouble.
Anyway a passing yacht very neatly sailed alongside, took our lines and took the strain while we sorted the anchor, he then towed up back to Kimmeridge while his good lady passed mugs of coffee down to us, and sarnies.
At that point we managed to get the engine spluttering enough to get into Kimmeridge bay. We never managed to trace the yacht so never had the chance to thank him properly. Can't remember the name now, it was about 15 years ago.
Anyway it was a very impressive piece of boat handling under sail which was part of the reason that I went off and learned to sail.
Also a big part of the reason that I am happy with both stinkies and raggies
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I hasten to add that there shouldn't be a "total lack of control" but there will be difficulties, particularly at slow speed or if sails are up & foresail is backed. Similarly, a long keeled boat will not turn quickly or reverse well unless the owner really knows his stuff.
I sailed off my anchor in one spot last year under mizzen & main - nice & easy, but I nearly hit an anchored MoBo because I hadn't noticed that the mizzen (which is behind me) was sheeted too tight & stopping me turning off the wind. Fortunately I spotted the problem & corrected in time to pass cleanly astern - if a little closer than planned.
Many skippers have limited experience of close quarters slow speed manouvering their boats (under motor or sail) and I think you are right that some will fear that they could simply add tp the casualties problems. Others are so concerned with themselves they don't even notice a casualty.
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[QUOTE=Chrusty 1;3550909]Why do you want to wave to everybody? It's just weird. I mean, you don't wave at all the other drivers when you are out on the road in your car do you?
It's part of being sociable and friendly to one's fellow man...obviously something alien to you.
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