We will never know if it was rogue wave
and we all have a different ideas what a rogue wave is. I remember all the knock downs and the demasting in the 08 crossing from Bora Bora
when a large compression
zone move way north and caught everyone by surprise. Everyone that had an accident
said they were hit by a rogue wave on the nightly ssb
check in. Later after a few anchorages
, calm seas and plenty of beer
it was mostly the case of true confessions, " I was down below making a sandwich" "Ya I did have too much sail up for the conditions." There were waves about 20 to 30 degrees off the swell train once in a while but all waves were no more than 4 maybe 5 meters, they were steep and close. Plenty of power in a wave of that size and steepness to knock a boat down that has crew not paying attention or a boat with too much sail up.
On this rescue
of the German boat some here see warning signs. I do too, How did they have so many problems on their first trip into NY. How do you have two sails
destroyed , loss of auto helm
and was it GPS
all at once? Maybe there was a good reason but was the equipment
too old in poor repair or maybe crew not paying attention. I just have never seen that much go wrong in one situation on a boat with a crew and boat on top of their game
. On the most part there are always a lot of the same boats that have continuous problems ocean after ocean, port after port. One begins to recognize the boats, to be fair I don't know if this was one of those boats but the red flag went up anyway. I wont get into the boat they were sailing, I know a couple who made it to Aussy in one such boat and said they would never do it again, but god love them they made it and had a great time doing it on the most part.