The racing yacht Atalanta of Chester colliding with tanker Hanne Knutsen. Picture by Ian Gibbs.
A FORMER Royal Navy lieutenant who was skippering a racing yacht that hit an oil tanker in the Solent has been found guilty of contravening maritime regulations.
Lt Roland Wilson, 32, of Stanley, Perthshire, was ordered to pay more than £100,000 after he was convicted of failing to keep a proper lookout and two counts of impeding the passage of a vessel.
The racing yacht Atalanta of Chester collided with the 260m-long Hanne Knutsen during Cowes Week 2011.
The dramatic incident forced one crew member to jump out of the sailing vessel while another was left with a head injury.
Wilson, who was a serving Royal Navy officer at the time of the accident but who is now an RN reservist, had seen the tanker from five miles away, Southampton Magistrates’ Court had heard.
He had told the court the ship had signalled to turn but never did, describing its manoeuvre as "unexpected".
District Judge Anthony Callaway said Wilson took the wrong decision in continuing towards the path of the tanker and not taking evasive action.
The moment of the impact was filmed and the video posted on YouTube, where it has been watched more than 924,000 times. The footage can be seen below.
Wilson was ordered to pay more than £100,000 in costs and fined £3,000.
Video courtesy of Cowes.co.uk