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Re: How not to make a tricky harbor approach...
Hindsight being 20/20 and the usual armchair quarterbacking rules in force...
I was surprised he didn't have the three people on the bow & midships moved to all the way back. IMHO you need the weight aft to keep the rudder in the water and you need to be pointed 100% away from the wave. He caught the wave on the side instead of on the transom. And even if he caught it on the transom, you could see how low the bow was in the water, making it's own little rudder effect. The boat would have rotated sideways and flipped anyway with all that weight forward. (More from surf kayaking than any experience like that.)
Very painful to watch.
Again, IMHO, it also shows the importance of having a Lifesling or throwing line. If the current was heading out of the inlet stronger, the swimmers would have been swept back out the inlet. As it was, someone else had to go and get them.
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