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until the boat was placed /drifted/was blown into the space in which they were caught--between piers of redondo beach pier and channel opening of king harbor, portofino and the third marina, i forgot its name -- they could have been towed to safety. once into that smallish area, only an engine will remove you. is not merely lee shore, but southerly drift, tidal influences and other issues--difficult to escape without engine use. as racers have no engines, this is a bad situation from earlier out into the pacific.
i know htese carry no anchors, and i know they use no engines--but a vhf would a been ideal before they got into the situation.
iff they were experienced and knew the area, they woulda known or shoulda known this would happen. oopsy. they undershot the entrance to the channel to the marinas. that , without engine., is , apparently a fatal error(for the boat) the water is shallow and it is a surfline challenge. worse than a lee shore. oops again.
i have sailed in and out of that channel. i have powered in a motor yacht in and out of that channel. i used to live in king harbor in 1991 or so. was a minute ago, but the place does not change. you can sit in the bars on th e pier of redondo and drink and watch the fun and games. even from sitting there, drinking, you know the entry into that space is not for sailing. oops again. as the area is a specific challenge, it is difficult for anyone who has not sailed there to armchair the situation. winds eddy there current is running and it is a surfline situation. lee shore holds nothing on this, altho ye must add that to the equation.
had they been able to free the headsail , they coulda gotten out before hitting surfline. once in that treachery , engine. or do as they did. jump off and wade to the beach.
tragic--avoidable?? mebbe, had they gotten a tow before entering the gap between channel levee and pier they hit.
the undershooting of the channel, whether by not taking into account the 4 kt southerly current, is difficult. we all have done that--but usually with engine on boat. i did that in lost angeles, angels gate--we got to watch the opening of angels gate slide by a few times, as we did not wish to use engine--we tacked--but our rig was intact and nothing be fouled. (we were sailing a coronado 25.)
current to south at that point is 4 kts. we measured. was enlightening.
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Re: Sailboat SMASHED into LA pier. Video!

Did you see that the News Feed article called that a rogue wave? WTF?

Rogue wave slams sailboat into pier, spilling crew: Video - NOLA.com

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Re: Sailboat SMASHED into LA pier. Video!

Because the article, reported by Todd Masson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, is .... (I'm not sure what to call it). Here it is, and you decide;
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Not everybody who has a boat knows how to operate one. That's as true of sailboats as it is motorboats.

In a video published to YouTube Monday, the captain of a sailboat near Redondo Beach, Calif., can be seen desperately trying to steer his vessel away from a pier as onlookers gaze out from the structure. It appears he's almost succeeded when a rogue wave races in from the Pacific, grabs the boat and slams it into the pier's supports.

The crew is thrown into the water and has to be rescued.

Hard to believe no one was killed or seriously injured.
The sea was full of rogue waves that day... I think that Godzilla was also reported in the area.
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