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post #12 of Old 04-11-2013
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Re: Bad yacht accident: two dead (one rescuer)

Where I'm from, Morro Bay,we have a dangerous harbor entrance. Let's say that the biggest sets of waves are twenty feet. The smaller sets will be eight or ten feet. The eight or ten foot sets won't break across the harbor entrance because of the depth but the twenty footers will break all the way across. The big sets may be 15-30 minutes apart. You're approaching the entrance and you do the prudent thing, sit and watch for awhile. You sit there for 10, 15, 20 minutes and you don't see anything and you decide to go for it. Just then a big set comes along, rolling in at 20-30 knots. Your boat will only do seven or eight so you can't just follow a big one in and know that the one behind it won't catch you because it will. You get pounded.
Now I've been pounded by a 25 foot wave while surfing. Not much on your sailboat will survive and you will be slammed into hard things repeatedly. You'd be lucky to be thrown from the boat but then you're in twenty foot surf. If you don't know what to do or if you're hurt, you're dead.
That's why the bar is closed and that's why big fast power boats can make it and you can't, unless you're lucky.
How lucky are you?

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