John Gray

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  1. Pity Jonno Turner didnt include Leah Newbold and the women on EF Education. Wonder how they are feeling. (I have emailed asking why they were ignored).
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    Surfing, bar crossings and boat shape

    Lol, not sure if you are just having fun. This is our local entrance, is it wrong to ask how a boat type will handle waves? Should I ban the kids coming out for ?6 months, ?2 years... Even then, shit happens. Did you buy the Masrm? As a young kid I sailed out the mouth to that river before the breakwater walls were built. Dad was on the helm and we were in a mirror dinghy. He was a champion surfboat sweep and even though the surf wasn't large his eyes were out on storks. He picked his time and then got into it. We sailed various dinghy's off Mooloolaba back in the day and we were taught to make sure we kept the boat at 90 degrees to the wave face and stayed straight all the way down the wave face, crew weight aft. Mooloolaba now has its channel dredged so that you are approaching safety pretty much beam on in big surf. Timing is everything. On my current 30 footer we have crossed the bar at Ballina and caught a big wave that broke, dad was with us again (then as an old man) he was at the bottom of the companionway with his flippers clutched under his arm and eyes again out on storks. The cheer off the end of the northern breakwater from watching fisherman and prompting from some of the crew couldn't get me to go out again and catch another wave though. We got no water in our very open transom, you could hear the white water doing its thing just behind you though. Seems some ocean waves were we sail move at about 15/17 knots depending what is driving them weather wise. Dad always reckoned it was between 17 and 20. I have crossed (come in) at southport after being dis-masted, under motor (inboard diesel). Shut the boat up, life jackets all round and tethered. Go slow enough to never catch a wave, reverse if necessary. We have come in across South Passage bar and we have come in across Wide Bay bar, (rudder broken off at the waterline and steering with a sweep oar. Air sea rescue escorted us through the last bit of that. Wickham's local knowledge is excellent advice for that crossing. Its a long scary bar. Biggest danger in catching a wave while crossing a bar (apart from broaching) is hitting the bottom with your keel as you run into shallow water at the bottom of the wave face. That could go horribly wrong if you end up with structural failure.