Sailing yacht versus submarine: it almost crashed …
At the fourth round of the regattVueltEspañVel between Cartagen and Alicante, the skipper Alberto Medin almost led his yacht "EndesCeuta" into a serious collision.
A submarine of the Spanish Navy, which had surfaced for more than half an hour, was on a collision course and, according to the regatta management, had right of way as a warship under Spanish maritime law. The skipper was evidently sure that he would get through with his five knots before the imposing thick ship, but the submarine with its 20 knots won the race - and would certainly have seriously damaged or sunk the "EndesCeuta" if the skipper had not entered the yacht would have turned things around at the last second.
In the first web reports it was said that the submarine had appeared "all of a sudden" - that this cannot be true is obvious: officers are standing on the tower, and the Spanish flag has already been hoisted. So there can be no question of a surprise effect, and everyone involved, including the yacht skipper, agrees: it was just “stupid”.