Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tow a tug

We saw this when sailing on the Solent this weekend.

Now usually a tug tows an oil tanker like this one but here it seems to be the other way round. It looked a bit like a dinghy bobbing along behind a yacht or a car behind a Winnebago.

Any ideas what might be happening?


Bursledon Blogger said...

It's the nautical equivalent of a hand brake turn.

As the tanker passes Cowes and turns up towards the West Bramble Cardinal the tug pulls the stern round, similar for outbound shipping

JP said...

Aha! Thanks for that - we should have worked it out as we sailed pretty much through that turning circle (there was no traffic out there)

bowsprite said...

they were not about to hang out the laundry?

JP said...

.... or was it a trap for those pesky yachts that keep sailing too close to shipping?