Boatman - sounds like your experience agrees with my guess at the weather - and I like your explanation of the swell hazard, which I suppose is particularly bad on that coast.
What worries me is that with all reports suggesting the yacht in this case was hit by a storm, some might get the idea it was a combination
of bad weather and the dangerous entrance which casued the sinking. It may be that calm weather offshore
leads skippers to underestimate the dangers.
Anyway in this case maybe the crew did not get the warnings.
Given you know the coast (and posted that useful swell forecast
link) maybe you or another who knows the port can answer the following...
warnings mentioned in the report - are they on the VHF
? if so is it announced on Channel 16 or must one know which channel to monitor
Also "singals were hoisted" - would there be lights to show the Hr is closed (and if so what lights)?
My Reeds entry for the port says it is "Impracticle in Waves over 3m ...." but makes no mention of lights or shapes to indicate the Hr is closed.
Who knows I may get down that way sometime and would love to properly learn any lessons before I get there :-)