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08-15-2008 01:41 PM
Sapperwhite
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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
" 'I've had 50 years experience and it wasn't a case of making a mistake in reading the charts.' "

I wonder if he just forget to factor in the way coral bottoms can GROW and if you don't consider the date of the last sounding, plus the growth factors...Something those of us in northern waters don't normally have to account for.

With all the talk of recent ocean changes from global warming, perhaps reefs that were just hanging in there, are going to have growth spurts too?

That and the small problem of Captain Cook being the last one to take soundings in the area.
08-14-2008 11:52 PM
J36ZT As for coral reefs growing faster than expected, I wouldn't say so. Due to global warming and slight increases in water temperatures, many reefs are dieing. If you were to SCUBA dive one of these, you'd find vast areas of 'bleaching." When the coral dies, it turns white. You'd find almost nothing alive in these areas. I believe many parts of the Great Barrier Reef are experiencing this. It really is very sad to see. Just thought everyone should know.

As for the danger of the sharks, that is a real concern. Some species of sharks that live around reefs are known to be agressive. But, I think the real danger would be the liferaft also hitting the reef and being torn to shreds.

I'm glad everyone made it out OK!
08-14-2008 10:54 PM
danielgoldberg
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Great, now we've got people quoting Capt. Ron.
Watching it right now!

Of course, that was taken a few years ago, but isn't she a classic?!
08-14-2008 10:29 PM
hellosailor " 'I've had 50 years experience and it wasn't a case of making a mistake in reading the charts.' "

I wonder if he just forget to factor in the way coral bottoms can GROW and if you don't consider the date of the last sounding, plus the growth factors...Something those of us in northern waters don't normally have to account for.

With all the talk of recent ocean changes from global warming, perhaps reefs that were just hanging in there, are going to have growth spurts too?
08-14-2008 10:26 PM
sailingdog Great, now we've got people quoting Capt. Ron.
08-14-2008 09:24 PM
danielgoldberg
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Originally Posted by sailortjk1 View Post
"You've heard of it?"
Smart lady.
08-14-2008 05:37 PM
Sapperwhite I hate that "newspaper". Is there an editor on staff, or is it run by a freshman highschool English class?

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The pair had been competing in a round the world yacht race, which started in the Caribbean in January and is due to finish back there in March next year, when they smashed into the reef in early morning darkness.


They were forced to abandon the luxury 50ft cruising yacht after it turned on to its side and started taking in water.


They put out a distress call and transferred to the life raft to await help. Mr Turner said it was his first rescue after sailing for thousands of miles around the world. He said the yacht is now unsalvageable.


The former Commodore of the West Stockwith Yacht Club, South Yorks, and his companion were taking part in a round the world yacht race, which started in the Caribbean in January and is due to finish back in the West Indies in March next year.
I didn't catch that the second time, mind telling me again the particulars of where they were coming from, and where they were going. Huh, what's that timeline?

Enough ranting. Good to hear they all got out of it safe.

PS, Grotius beat me to it....
08-14-2008 05:30 PM
Grotius I was intrigued by the slightly off-topic sentences at the very end of the report:

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The east coast of Australia has been the location of numerous rescue dramas and mystery disappearances.

In recent times two American divers vanished, feared consumed by sharks, after their dive boat returned to shore without them.

Last month an American man was charged with murdering his wife during a dive, leaving her body on the sea bed.
I've snorkeled off the east coast of Oz with my wife, but we both lived to tell the tale.
08-14-2008 05:02 PM
sailortjk1 "You've heard of it?"
08-14-2008 04:56 PM
danielgoldberg
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Originally Posted by Boasun View Post
The question is: Why did they hit that Reef? Did they lose the Situation awareness of where they were at?
Skipper claims it was uncharted.

Huge sucker, ran the whole coast. Not my boat, my boss' boat.
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