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post #11 of 35 Old 08-29-2009
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You would imbibe somewhat after surviving a Rogue wave.
There are those academics quizzing you as you hoist a few rums, scotches, Whiskies and bourbons (your choice). They just don't understand the survivor's attitude.
Also you become a strong believer in the power of prayer. It just wasn't your skills alone that lead to your survival. The Big Boatswain in the sky has a lot to do with it.

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The most seaworthy thing on the water is a bottle with a cork in it (unless it hits something hard). I've been on small vessels (100' or less) and they took rough water much better than some large vessels becaus they rode up and over the sea rather than plowing thru it.

Of course, rogue waves are a whole nother' thing! I was on an 800' foot ship struck by a rougue and it caused LOTS of damage and I really thought we were done.

I know that we have all sorts of ways to predict bad weather, find out where we're at etc. but isin't the uncertainty of the sea one of the reasons we go?
It certainly is for me! I don't have a death wish or anything but I like the thrill of outthinking the elements both in my professional life and in my sailing life.

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Well said seaf. I've always believed that you can never really be prepared enough for the sea. And that's where guts, passion, and ingenuity come in...followed close behind by luck.

Omatako told me about the "black box theory" in the Heavy Weather Sailing thread - and that pretty much summed it up in my mind.


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for the record i do not want to be in this..
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for the record i do not want to be in this..
YouTube - cruise ship almost tips over

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Sea buoys have recorded waves in excess of 100' off the north end of Vancouver island. Small wonder that large fishing boats disappear without a trace, and no time to send out a Mayday.

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Here is the real danger of rogue waves. An otherwise calm or almost calm sea, then this monster comes up to greet you.



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This is a good vid from bbc about rogue's.



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Yeah, watch all five of them in that series and it will scare the hell out of ya..
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I don't know the science behind rogue waves, but, I would presume that they are very short lived. Maybe the intersection of three or more wave trains. I would guess that it may be a phenomenon that is rare enough that it becomes very unlikely any given sailor will will be at the wrong place at the wrong time in a lifetime of sailing. Maybe it will be like flying in an airplane. It is really (really) unlikely you will die in plane crash, so most of us take the risk, some will still worry.

Has anyone heard of anyone who has experienced a really big rogue wave that came up out of water that isn't already really rough?
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