Originally Posted by MarkJ
Geez, I hate to ever have to agree with the Beverly Hills Kid but boy-oh-boy waves like that need to be constantly expected: 50% abovce the mean and a touch steeper to keep in the same frequency. Doesn't matter if your popping out for a lee or if they are another ships wash, or just mother nature being a tad weird, you need to be ready for a splash around the ankles.
Also agree with kanani that its quite a larg boat going direct into the swell. see when he pulls back to a wide shot? I reckon that boats well over 100 tons. A bigger boat is going to hate a short sea, directly into it, than a yacht at 30 to 45 degrees.
Agree with Rebel: thats why you are clipped on always on the foredeck at sea. I dont wear a harness in the cockpit
during the day, but do at night or up the pointy bit
My point on the remark, "That was no freak wave" was referring to the fact that it was VERY
predictable. If you watch the video again, you will see those sharp seas building about 40 seconds before the dunking. It was clearly evident that they were going to get it, at least 20 seconds before it happened. This was plenty of time to have the crew take cover. If there was any injury, the skipper
was clearly responsible as he made no attempt to warn the crew. It occurs to me that he was more fixed on making fun of the crew member
than watching the sea-state and looking out for the crew's wellfare. It really annoys me when a skipper
doesn't take his job seriously. He's extremely lucky that those guys weren't washed over-board.
It seems that they were trying to secure a hatch
because he knew
this stuff was coming and possibly already took one over the bow. The prudent thing to have done, would have been to turn down-wind for a few minutes, to get this problem under control. It seems that the hatch
(or a little time) was more valuable than the crew.