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Are there any reports from any yachts sailing in that area of the Tsunami.
I wonder how it can be when sailing suddently you get hit by a 50 foot wave ?
Beeing in the port, it must be even harder /
Any first hand experience any one ?
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If you''re out in the open (deep) ocean, you won''t even know a tsunami lifted and lowered your boat, since it will feel more like a swell and there won''t be a wave crest or trough that you can notice. In port, the tsunami will slow down considerably, but increase in amplitude - sometimes considerably.

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Yes, there have been some yacht reports coming in.
If they were out or anchored out they fared well. But those in harbors or slips did not! Some damaged and some sank.
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First hand Cruiser Reports, and a List of yachts affected by the Asian Tsunamis, very kindly submitted by Richard H Donaldson-Alves - Net controller of the SE Asia Maritime Mobile Net.
The Cruiser Log Message Board at:
http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=424

The kinetic energy of a wave is tremendous! A 4-foot, 10-second wave striking a coast expends more than 35,000 horsepower per mile of beach. For each 56-mile stretch of coast, the energy is equal to the power generated at Hoover Dam. - from Bowditch, Chapter 33, page 447 (http://www.irbs.com/bowditch/)
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Just saw a report on the Today show about a couple anchored out who saved many people floating in the aftermath of the wave. There was a picture with lots of them in the cockpit. He also launched his dinghy and saved some other people hanging onto some rocks. I didn''t catch his name or the location. I assume his boat rode out the wave in the anchorage. Anyone know any more about this story?

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No significant damage in the Sailing community. States ibinews

http://www.ibinews.com/ibinews/newsdesk/20050010162410ibinews.html
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Actually, yachting community in Langkawi hit quite hard, eight boats sunk, at least three lost, many damaged... some seriouisly, two marinas destroyed.

see www.LangkawiTsunami.net
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