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Ray, those look to be 8-10' at most.
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I didn't see anything over 10 maybe 6-8 on Ave.
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You can't really say what size they are, because as the bow rides over the top of the wave, the stern drops, making the coming sail behind look bigger..

That is why filming from a boat is deceiving...
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That and the fact that waves always seem to flatten out in pics or vids.
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I was hit by this hughe wave last year, 20 miles off the coast of Portugal, between Sines and Cascais...(+I can't find it now because I am not in my pc)..

It was really freaky..I saw it coming, filmed it and took a photo...

It hit us sideways, on at 90 degrees, took us up then down then almost flipped us over...

When I saw the video and the photo, I couldn't believe it...how small it was!!
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Now these are 20'+ seas.



Remember, that's a 65 or 70' yawl.

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Giu, that’s one mangled boom. One of my friends in another C34 twisted off his boom at the gooseneck during an accidental gybe. Everybody at the time said it was because of our mid boom sheeting. Looking at your photo, I’m guessing that end boom sheeting is no guarantee either. Below is a picture from a boat I crewed on for this year’s Pacific Cup race to Hawaii. We had a preventer on when we accidentally gyb’d during a squall late one night (winds were in the low thirties, true). As you can see, we pulled up about six inches of toe rail. The Lewmar snatch block that was attached to it was completely mangled. Ouch. One of our EYC members was racing his 1930’s vintage sloop in the 2006 Master Mariner’s regatta when his wooden mast shattered. Took over a year to have a new spar made and installed. Since then, his insurance policy will not cover rig damage if the recorded wind speeds exceed 20 knots on the Bay on the day of the claim. Needless to say he is very careful and the boat doesn’t get out nearly as much as it used to.

I have learned long ago never to question the voracity of anybody’s sea stories as my dad was a career Navy man. His tin can was in TF 38 when Halsey sailed the fleet into the South China Sea typhoon of ’44. At the height of the storm, his captain ordered the entire crew, with the exception of the black gang and bridge crew, down into the lowest spaces on the ship in a desperate move to try to lower the center of gravity. Dad said that other ships in their division ingested enough water down the stacks to quench boiler fires.
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Gulp. Maybe what I meant was MFS.
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Gulp. Maybe what I meant was MFS.
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Medium Freakin' Sails. Those 20 footers are just scary, dude. Guys sail in that crap? Are they insane? I'd be crying like a school girl.

Seriously, I want to move up the food chain with my skills, but that's just off the charts!

PS - George, that's what I call rippin' it!
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