Originally Posted by rtbates
wow is an understatement. I wonder how streaming a drouge off the stern would have changed things?
You don't do that in a harbor entrance like that. Full throttle is the way to handle that situation.
I surfed into a similar harbor in Nysna, South Africa
, just West of the Cape of Good Hope.
The harbor master sits in his car on a hill opposite the entrance and talks you through the entrance with his VHF radio
. The breakers commonly run 30-40' and you just have to full throttle through them to keep steerage. There are under water rocks that don't show in this picture. If you get sideways, like that guy did, you're finished. There is no 2nd chance in this entrance.
The harbor master insists that everyone be in the cockpit
during the entrance and that everything is battened down.
Our 45' ketch
surfed at 22knts going in there. Biggest thrill of my life.
While we were there, we watched a 70' fishing trawler
surf in the entrance. After watching that from shore, it scared the hell out of me. You don't have time to be scared when it's happening.