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Re: Bad yacht accident: two dead (one rescuer)
We were off the Columbia Bar once (another infamous spot) during benign conditions and the USCG would only advise of conditions, not whether to attempt it or not. That was left to us to decide based on the description of the current conditions. I don't know if the USCG would actually issue a 'closed' edict wrt to the bar.. perhaps others more local would know.
I commend the Portuguese port authorities for that action (ie 'closing' the entrance to certain vessels) and would certainly expect that one would defy such warnings at your peril, obviously...
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)