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t's not often, or ever, really, that we get to segue a Caption Contest(!) into a bizarre story, but prepare for a totally bizarre story to accompany this bizarre fender bender. First, heeeeeeeere is this month's winner, and the top 10 (well, 11) runners up:

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"Does this boat make my stern look big?" — Chuck Cihak "Hey, while you're down there, can I pass you a gallon of bottom paint?" — Erik Pedersen "These ocean speed bumps are a challenge!" — Don Mac "Stand-on vessel?" — Peri Ermidis "OK! Bottom's clean! You can back her off now." — Dag Gano "Committee boat end looks good . . ." — Theo Van Der Merwe "No, really, we'll deliver the lobsta's to wherever you are!" — LuAnne Graves "I'm really sorry I called your boat a stinkpot." — Mark Wheeles "Yes, Timmy, this is how motorsailers are made." — Todd Craig "Sunscreen, check. Hat, check. Lifejacket, check. Someone at the helm . . . D'oh!" — Jay Sorensen "Don't text and drive!" — Janet Payne

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nd now for the story, as reported in August by the Washington Post (spoiler alert, there was no "good reason" for this collision, not that any of us here at Latitude thought there possibly could be): "Two boats, one a sailboat and the other an engine-powered fishing boat, collided on Friday in the Chesapeake Bay, a crash that caused no serious injuries, authorities said. Two people were aboard the sailboat, Levitation [a J/105 out of Annapolis], and seven were on the fishing boat Hunter. Maryland Natural Resources Police said the crash occurred near Thomas Point, which juts into the bay south of Annapolis. "A sailboat under sail and not running its engine has the right of way, police said, speaking generally. A fishing boat could have priority if engaged in a certain kind of fishing; authorities declined to say whether that was the case, and also did not say whether the sailboat's engine was running. The two boats seemed to have melded firmly, with the lower

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Latitude 38 Nov 2018  

The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 Nov 2018  

The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.