Pre­cau­tion­ary Pan-pan

Yachting Monthly - - LETTERS -

With ref­er­ence to A Ques­tion of Sea­man­ship, ‘Can we sail our­selves out of trou­ble?’ [YM, May 2018], if the plan was to sail out of trou­ble, wouldn’t a Pan-pan (and hope­fully sub­se­quent can­cel­la­tion) have been pre­cau­tion­ary? David Shaw

James Stevens re­sponds: A Pan-pan call means the call­ing sta­tion has ‘a very ur­gent mes­sage to trans­mit con­cern­ing safety’. In this case, where a sail­ing yacht has no en­gine but a

rea­son­able sail­ing breeze and is skip­pered by a yacht­mas­ter, I would de­scribe the sit­u­a­tion as an ag­gra­vat­ing rather than an ur­gent one.

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