Last Man Standing
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Re: Bryan Chong's first hand recount of the Low Speed Chase tragedy
The boat surfed backward and then was turned beam and rolled....This must have been at least a 15-18 foot wave by the sound of it...headin out to a place where big swells are known to break when they hit a world-class upwelling zone that's compared to the Galapagos...I am frankly amazed this race had such a good history of safety prior to this....may have been a "rogue wave" but this would seem like the place to expect one...condolences to the families...hope this brave and eloquent post by Mr. Chong and discussion of this tragedy serves to educate and save a life... somewhere... sometime...
I don't buy the rogue wave theory - in the true sense of the word. They were on the rocks in only 2 wave strikes:
As we approach the second point I estimate we’re inside of 10 boat lengths – which is 128 yards on a Sydney 38 - from the beginning of the break zone.
Yes, it was a big set. But not a "rogue". They were just too close.
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