You all have pretty much taken this story apart, the only accurate parts
of which appear to be losing the mast
and getting rescued. No way they were rolled by a massive wave, their dodger
is in way too good shape, plus he fails to mention they made a jury rig with, presumably, a spinnaker
pole and small sail. Another weird aspect is that the CG was apparently searching for them, but they were hardly overdue. And even I as a solo sailor have two EPIRBS and a PLB.
Someone asked about conditions in the area. The best I can find is from Midway about 1.3k miles Westnorthwest. This is the archive of the wind
conditions from the week from December 19 2019 from WindAlert. Max conditions were gusts to 30 knots. Unfortunately there is of course no wave height recording, and of it appears they were in fact west or even slightly westsouthwest of Hawaii
, so conditions might have been much worse.