Rogue Wave

Nice surf.

This is a small wave we are surging. No one has a picture of a Rouge wave, they come by surprise, unless you have a GoPro going non-stop.


We just got swamped by a rogue wave!

The wind was picking up and we were hitting 12 knots of boat speed. We put a reef in the main and the jib. Consistent waves/swells were coming from the port stern quarter side. It was a pretty comfortable ride. I was sitting in front of the chart plotter in the cock pit, while Archie and Ems were standing up talking about his fishing lures or something. Out of no where, from the opposite side of the prevailing waves, the starboard side, a very large  wave about 15 feet, this would be considered a small rogue wave. The danger of Rogue waves is that they come from weird directions. Your boat maybe positioned nicely, sailing the prevailing winds and waves, and then this happens. The rogue wave just road over the whole back half of the boat! It took out 4 of our dodger and enclosure windows. We did not lose any, but the stitching and zippers gave up. All three of us were thrown about 3-4 feet, I remember grabbing hold of the steering wheel and just holding on as we were swamped by this wave. I remember it happened so fast, you could not do anything, and the force was so strong. It left us sitting there soaking wet from head to toe, and the cockpit had about a foot of water in it. Our self draining cockpit drained very quickly. Later we discovered that a 1/4 of inch steel bracket that holds our BBQ on, was bent by this wave. Once we arrive, I wound a piece of 1/2″ line around it, and proceeded to try and straighten it with the winch, but it would not move at all. It seamed as if I would break the pulpit before this was going to bend back, so I left it. Amazing the power and force of nature. After this, We had no trouble persuading ourselves to always stay tethered in all the time. This happened during the day, it was nice and sunny and clear.

What is a Rogue Wave

A Rogue wave is an unusually large wave for the conditions at hand, and usually coming from a different direction than the prevailing waves. It is debatable what causes these rogue waves, until about 20 years ago scientists did not even believe mariners that these existed. They seem to be pretty prevalent around the Gulf Stream. Remember the Bermuda Triangle? This area is a Triangle between Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Cape roughly speaking. We sailed right down the middle of it. Please take a look at these three links, they are very interesting explanations and the last two are videos of a rogue wave.

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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