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I don't have the full details in front of me but there is a report in this mornings Oz press that the skipper of a sailing boat was washed over board and presumed lost when their craft was hit by a large wave south east of Capetown. Apparently he was tethered but the tether broke as he went over the side. Last reports said that the remaining crew, one of whom has suffered a broken leg, are in search mode but the conditions are not helpful.

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Here's a link to this mornings Sydney Morning Herald.

"The crew of an Australian yacht face a wrenching wait for rescue in rough seas with one man lost and its skipper seriously hurt after it was smashed by a monster wave.
John Blackman, 55, was at the helm of the 17.5-metre fibreglass ketch Cowrie Dancer when a 12-metre wave hit 2200 kilometres south-east of Cape Town on Monday night.
His lifeline snapped and he was washed overboard into freezing waters as the storm smashed the mizzen mast of the Fremantle-registered vessel."

Sailor lost as wave smashes yacht - World - smh.com.au

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Sounds like it is a bad time to be an Aussie sailor.

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Sounds like it is a bad time to be an Aussie sailor.
It's funny (peculiar not haha) how these things come in spates. Mind you at least this is easily explained. That area is somewhat notorious for evil weather.

I wonder if this might become a more common problem as seemingly more and more boats go via the Cape of Good Hope in an attempt to avoid potential piracy around the Gulf of Aden.

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Damn they must have received a serious pasteing.

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Close-hauled and going the wrong direction that far south?

Not for me, thank you.
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