Published on Wednesday, 28th August 2019 - 5:59PM08/28/2019
TRAGEDY ON NARRAGANSETT BAY
Courtesy of Ron Dunbar
A few days ago I was sailing my Hobie Wave catamaran upwind in the narrows of Halifax Harbour where the 1917 Halifax Explosion occurred. The 1917 explosion occurred when two commercial boats (one munition laden) collided in the narrows
because one ship refused to abide by the right of way rules, resulting in the deaths of more than 2000 townspeople. Tragically, the munitions ship burned for more than 15 minutes before exploding, attracting unwitting school children and others to
I came head to head with a powerboat, and knowing it was their responsibility to alter course, I kept a careful eye on them. I never trust power boaters.
They did nothing to alter course and I was convinced the powerboat was on autopilot. In their defense, they were traveling slowly but I took it upon myself to alter course to avoid an imminent collision as there were approximately 250-300 feet of
separation. As we passed I was shocked to see two women casually wave to me. I was convinced there was nobody on watch.
Later that evening a friend and I discussed it briefly on Facebook and the next day the lady hunted me down and started messaging me. Needless to say, the conversation did not go well for her.
Following the tragedy in Newport has inspired me to write about my incident. I'm convinced that if I didn’t take evasive maneuvers I too could have been run over by a powerboat.