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Re: GGR entrants getting clobbered
....Can you even imagine a 50 foot wave crashing on the aft 1/3rd of your boat? Isn't your boat an aft cockpit boat?....
50 ft? How often does that occur. When it does, I don't really care where one's cockpit is located, nor which direction the break comes from. You're in trouble.
On a more rational basis, I get your point that a drogue and following wave set isn't perfect, nor is a sea anchor facing into them. Nor is having the personal ability to hand steer through them in all cases. It is what is it.......a survival storm and the skipper is only moderately in control of the outcome.
I doubt Susie, a very experienced ocean sailor, would allow chafe to happen. She wasn't in any way incapacitated or injured before the pitchpole.
While I know her pedigree, I doubt even she would be willing to say she was immune to chafe. Do we know how it parted?
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