Originally Posted by Minnewaska
If she was heading south with the storm to port, one would think the waves were coming from port as well.
She was in northerlies. (Remember it had been strong northerlies for days!)
90 nms SE of Cape Hatteras.
Have a look at where the Gulf Stream is off Cape Hatteras... you can see it on Passage weather.
She was slap bang wallop in the gulf stream. So those waves were going against the 2knot current of the Gulf Stream. That makes them pile up and fall over like waves breaking on a beach.
The "grave yard of the Atlantic" is because of the Gulf Stream. Go in wind against it, and like off South Africa you are in trouble. Deep, deep, do-do.