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Yes...quite a severe storm. Coast guard reports gusts over hurricane strength yesterday and 9 sailors on 3 different boats were rescued yesterday from 50-120 miles off Hatteras. No word on WHYTHE HELL THEY WERE OUT THERE THOUGH!!
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Some people have less sense than god gave ants... It isn't like that storm popped up overnight... there's really no excuse for getting caught out by a well documented and predicted storm like that.

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Hurricane-force NORTHERLY winds in the Gulf Stream? I can't begin to imagine the horrible seas that would kick up.

Those nine sailors are very lucky people, indeed, and -- once again -- the USCG has shown it's ability to save lives in absolutely atrocious conditions.

But Cam and Dog are right: what the hell were those sailors thinking?

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Our daughter told us a couple days ago that she wanted to celebrate Mother's Day with us early, since her surfing fanatic boyfriend had made plans to drive down to Cape Hatteras to surf in this stuff. They're both huge surf freaks - traveling everywhere in the world at whim to catch the big waves.

My wife is worried sick over this.

Here's a photo taken yesterday morning by a local boater and posted on another BB:


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TB...not to worry...there is NO surfing going on right now!! Ocean broke through on Hatteras Island and road is closed!! Not possible to surf in these conditions but it should set up good conditions later in the week.
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5 Foot waves to 38 feet in 12 hours WOW!

These waves be those square fokkers too!
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Great photo TB....

I was hoping some of the stories about the boats and the people rescued would pop up on here. The news reports I have seen and heard just said "sailboats" and one group was found in a "makeshift liferaft" - whatever that is. I am curious about what kind of boats they were and what happened.

How far ahead was the strenth of these storms predicted?

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Pam...we had friends pull in here last Thursday and I know that offshore storm warnings were posted then which means 45 knots. As we entered the weekend the predictions got worse and on Sunday night, gusts to hurricane force were predicted for the Gulf Stream. That would have been too late for anyone out there but the Thursday warnings were enough for any prudent sailor to get started heading to port.

As to the boats. A 52' sailboat named Flying Colors hhad its' EPIRB go off and they are still searching for it but no signal now.
37-foot sailboat named Seaker was the one on Diamond Shoals
Sailboat Lou Pantai was found with injuries aboard but no desciption 200 miles out.
No details on the 3rd crew rescued yet bt they were 120 miles south OF HATTERAS
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Considering that the warnings were being posted last Thursday, and it is Tuesday, that means that anyone out there had Thursday, Friday and Saturday to get back in. Even in a slower boat, you can cover an awful lot of distance over three days. If they hadn't gotten in by Sunday, or worse yet, left after Thursday, it is because they have no idea what they're doing or that they have a definite death-wish.

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