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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    I do think there is something there.
    Perhaps she was checking out your butt!

    Or just having a good laugh!

    Awesome pics Don, I used to think I had a whale of a time when visiting Maui... you really put me in my place!
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    About the "what's going on in animal's head" thing, it may not be the subject here to open a debate, but I'll just throw one thought :

    Not so long ago (actually, amazingly recently that was), it would have sounded even more "to out there, new age AND just plain goofy" to even *imply* that black people had thoughts, feelings, intelligence... you name it.

    I think we're still living in a time of great obscurantism and ignorance on these areas of knowledge, and respect of life.

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    Tino,
    I would guess your observation might be on thin ice but I believe supportable if one turned back the time as you suggest. I recently was sent a link to a YouTube video regarding some dolphin and I was amazed at how many similar links to videos and stories of whales and dolphin saving people there were. There was also a story of a small fishing village where for generations of both people and dolphin, the dolphin herd fish in to shore and then clear the area while the fishermen cast their nets. It appears to be a good and viable cooperation between dolphin and man where both parties benefit in fish. There are numerous examples and cases of these animals going out of their way and even into harms way to benefit man. Why?

    Some of us might consider as a good sign of intelligence, the level of success one has had in securing pleasure and fun in a sustainable and rewarding lifestyle. This can be evaluated both in terms of material goods but sans them as well. Depending on the parameters, one could easily make a case that the dolphin (whales) are quite successful and spend more of their time in the pursuit of pleasure and sport than we do.
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    After enjoying some really clean surf in great conditions and to myself today, I came in to the beach intent on drying off and heading home to work. This is the same spot where I got the shots of the mom and calf about 10 days ago and I have seen a mom and calf out there many days but whether its the same whales or not, .

    Anyway, I saw a whale on the surface to the south and not far out so I decided to grab the camera and mask on the outside chance that the whales would head north and perhaps swim by me. I paddled out and as luck would have it, I was not disappointed.



    I got to watch a classic and leisurely swim by of the mom and calf and noticed the escort lagging behind and under me, just above the bottom.
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    Beautiful picture Don!


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    VERY NICE photo Don
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    Is it just me or are there faint light rays that appear to be coming up from the bottom right? Could they simply be artifacts from the housing being partially out of the water?
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    They are light rays but coming from the sun above. It seems odd but you can see the rays converge underwater sometimes. They aren't always parallel and they don't diverge. I know the wide angle lens and domed port do distort some so perhaps the rays should appear parallel in the shot. I have looked down from above many times though and seen rays converge to a point somewhere below the surface.
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    Wow, Don!!! I know this is repeating what has been said many times, but your pictures of your underwater paradise are so beautiful! I love looking through your Maui Time thread and seeing all the colorful and exquisite photos. I especially love your whales that you photograph. They are so graceful and beautiful to see.

    Thanks so very much for sharing your pictures with us.
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    The presence of the seahorses compelled me to start visiting the reef and beach where they resided. I noticed that there was a pretty funky right breaking on the reef outside of them and it was a wave that rarely had anyone out riding it. I started going out with my waveski to take advantage of these endless riderless waves that came in to shore. With all of the swells we have had this winter, I have been there on almost a daily basis and come to know the beach and reef there rather well. I wouldn't have had the opportunity to see the whales above if it were not for the waves drawing me to this spot.

    There has been a cloud over this beach though and that relates to the fact that there is a permanent rip current here which is well posted and explained by some signs on the beach and there are even three buoys out in this sand channel marking it as the location of this rip current and the area to avoid. I think the seahorses picked their spot which is at the inside and beginning of this out going river of water as it likely brings them a constant stream of new water with food in it.

    The rip is no big deal to anyone with decent swimming skills and an understanding of its nature. The more surf there is, the stronger this rip becomes. On the days where there are plenty of waves, the rip is functioning in full force and I use it as a quick aid in getting back outside to the break after riding a wave in.

    Unfortunately, there are many tourists who have no concept of this rip feature and they often find themselves out from the beach and unable to swim directly back in, against this rip. To get out of its clutches, they need to either swim up or down the coast 10 - 20 yards and into the shallower water where the waves are breaking. The posted signs detail just this solution but nobody reads the signs!!

    Over a dozen times now, I have had to come to the aid and rescue of someone who finds them self panicked and yelling for help. There are no lifeguards here and the locals are the first to respond if they are present. It is really difficult to pull or tow another person out of this rip and on my first rescue attempt where I swam out with fins and a borrowed boogie board, I found after getting about 3/4 of the way in that I had to yell for additional horsepower from the beach to help me pull the old man in. I was getting fatigued to the point that I was making very little progress and realized that the prudent thing was to call for help before it became a necessity.

    If there is any surf breaking and if it is a nice sunny day with light wind it is almost a given that there will be a few people needing some assistance in getting back to shore. It is not a big deal provided someone is there and game to provide such assistance. After a few of my rescues, the fire rescue trucks showed up at the beach after being summoned by someone calling 911. I suspect they are summoned often only to find that the situation has already been successfully resolved. Last Monday was a nice day with some fun waves and I ended up towing two people in at different times while I was out riding the waves. The next day I was talking with a friend who is a retired fire chief and I mentioned that someone was going to drown there one of these days when the conditions were really bunk and no local present because of the bunk conditions.

    Last Thursday I decided to drive down and check out the waves even though I expected them to be bad because of a strong wind and a large and confused swell coming in. As I drove down the access road to where I park, I saw that the parking area was full of police cars and fire-rescue vehicles. I immediately felt a tug in my gut and had a hunch about what was wrong.



    There were two many vehicles for this to be a false call. There were a couple jet skis out in the surf and a couple fire rescue and coast guard boats out past the surf.





    Within minutes of my arrival, a helicopter showed up as well.



    From what I could gather, a young man (20) was last seen about 20 minutes prior to my arrival out past the third buoy. There was a husband and wife and presumably daughter and son on the beach talking with the officials and the daughter (teen) was sobbing uncontrollably. A local who I recognized had arrived about the time of the problem and he told me that the young girl and her younger brother had just made it out of the water and were screaming about this fellow who was out past the last buoy. The local told me he looked for the guy and he was prepared to paddle out on his board if need be but he couldn't see anyone. This local has himself also provided a few rescues here. I immediately felt really bummed because had I arrived 45 minutes earlier, I am confident I would have recognized the problem and padled out on my wave ski and simply put another "assist" on my belt. No big deal. A friend who runs a surf school here would also have taken care of the problem but the conditions were so crappy that he wasn't present. He and his assistants have probably uncountable rescues to their credit. It actually gets old and quite frustrating! Here are two large resorts on either side of this rip current and due to considerations based on liability, they make no attempt to warn guests beyond the signs posted (and ignored) on the beach.

    I have an idea for an on site rescue rig that could be deployed from the beach and use horsepower from people standing on the beach to tow in a swimmer in need. I mentioned this idea to police, fire rescue and the county life guard that was present there that day and they all agreed that it was probably a good idea but the beach is state owned and the state's responsibility. These guys all show up when called but have no authority or responsibility in taking any proactive measures. I am no expert but from what I know and have experienced with the currents and tides here, their search area should have been expanded to a much greater area from the get go and it almost looked like the search was more of a show for the people at the incident area than an intelligent and comprehensive approach to the possible area in which the swimmer might have drifted (alive or drowned). The water was also murky enough that a tiger shark attack shouldn't be ruled out. But what do I know.

    I went back last Friday hoping to get some waves but the parking lot was closed and filled by fire rescue vehicles and yesterday was a repeat. I type this today, Sunday, prior to going back there so I don't know if the search is still in progress or not. Thursday night there was a coast guard helicopter with search lights flying up and down the coast past my bed time. The cost of this search could probably fund any number of viable solutions to safeguarding and educating folks enjoying this particular beach.

    This is ending up a too long post and perhaps nothing more than a means for me to vent some serious frustration. That young man didn't need to disappear and I believe he did due to a known problem and threat to the safety of the uninformed. In every case of someone I have towed in, I asked them while I was aiding them if they had read this large posted sign warning of the rip current and the answer was always no. Granted, they may have been fibbing.

    If any of you visit any beach resorts and are not strong or savvy swimmers, please consult the locals and find out if there are any danger areas or conditions you should be aware of!

    My heart goes out to all those who have suffered in the loss of this young man and I can only hope that this problem will be addressed in the consideration of the safety of future unknowing swimmers.

    For me personally, there is at least a bit of a silver lining to this cloud. There is a surf break a few hundred yards south of this spot and because of the parking area being closed, I opted to park in a new beach access lot down by this other break. I hadn't surfed it before but this prompted me to expand my horizons and I surfed it the last two days and found that it is a better spot when the wind is up like it has been.

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    Don,

    Thanks for your vigilance. Hopefully our government leaders can get together to put something better together in these types of circumstances. I have a couple of friends in water rescue on the Big Island, and I'm sure they can relate to your frustrations.

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    A very sad story


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    What a sad and tragic event. The tragic side is that it could have been avoided.
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    They have called off the search now and I was able to park there today. The winds are light and the ocean smooth with whales surfacing all over out there. Plenty of sun and a really beautiful day with some small waves coming in in infrequent sets.

    There is enough surf that the rip current was active. While surfing and paddling back out after a wave I spoke with a number of people who were near where the rip gets strongest and asked them if they were aware of it. None of them were. After one wave while paddling out, I saw two guys swimming in place where it is at its strongest so I paddled up and asked if they were OK. NO. They asked for some help and I towed them together out of the rip and into the surf zone. One of them had told me earlier in the day that he was fine and aware of the rip. while pulling them out of the rip, I talked with them and they had heard about a guy drowning here a couple days ago but knew nothing of the particulars. They were sure they were OK until they discovered they weren't. Neither of them understood they could easily have taken care of themselves by simply swimming perpendicular to the current until they had escaped it.

    My wife was on the beach and saw the whole thing. My friend Mike the diver who is seen previously in this thread with the big octopus was on the beach and he swam out to see if I needed any help. By the time he had arrived I had the young men out of the strong part of the current and they proceeded in on their own. My wife told me that upon reaching the beach, one of the guys pulled a flower out of a memorial on the beach that had been placed for the lost swimmer and had it in his teeth while taking a shower there to rinse off. I guess someone walked up and gave him an ear full and walked the young men over to the sign that explains the rip current.

    Maybe there should be a new sign posted that simply states:

    "WARNING: Darwin trap! Proceed with your own intelligence and confidence; real or imagined"



    Even a public address system secured on the beach could be a help.

    Big Honu,

    My wife found an updated article on the Coast Guard's site detailing the thousands of miles actually searched looking for the lost swimmer and explaining that the search was suspended. The resources and expenses involved in this can't be trivial! To be clear, I am not being critical of the search but I am dismayed and saddened that it was necessary in the first place.

    Thanks for letting me ramble and rant guys.
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    So sad - tragic in the face of such beauty. How great it could be if everyone who ever goes to a beach could read your posts!

    Thanks for sharing....sorry for the loss

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    What a tragedy. I have been educated in riptides as I have done some extended coastal hiking in areas known for strong rips and rogue waves. It's tricky, because unless you know what's going on, swimming perpendicular to the coast instead of towards the coast is not a normal instinct. It's easy to see how someone who didn't know better could find themselves in the trap and wear themselves out before someone can get to them.

    It's insane to swim out on a beach without reading the signs and talking to rangers/lifeguards/locals. But a lot of people qualify. Darwinism indeed!

    Don, I can see feeling bummed you didn't make it out 45 minutes earlier. I'm sure I'd feel exactly the same if I were in your position. But you shouldn't feel any guilt about it. The thing about life is it's a terminal event! I know you know all this, of course....
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    Well, to add some "data points" ... before becoming so fat I was a relatively good swimmer and used to swim in the sea. Every once in a while I got caught in such a current that wanted to drag me out in the ocean.
    I remember th efirst time. I knew that such things existed, and I knew what to do. But at that moment, when it was pulling me out, boy did I go in "red alert and panic immediately" mode asap. I eventually regained proper control of my brain, but I can very much understand how good swimmers can suddenly behave like idiots and die in the face of panic.
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    It is sad to hear that a shadow of tragedy has been cast over such a beautiful place. I hope you will be able to influence others to implement proper life-saving measures for swimmers there.
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    Don,

    Such sad news and my heart goes out to the young man's family. Sad but, true tragedy even comes to paradise. As others have said if people would just take the time to read signs and be cautious about their surroundings a tragedy like this may have been averted.

    It's so true swimming perpendicular to the current will generally get you out of trouble. Rip currents take lives all over the world every year. We vacation in Ocean City, Maryland and last summer I witnessed no less than 6 rescues by the lifeguards due to rip currents. Despite the lifeguard's warnings and the all most constant blowing of warning whistles people still go out in the surf to far and end up having to be rescued. People need to realize that the ocean is a cruel mistress and has to be respected. The lifeguard at our beach conducted a brief safety class instructing us on how to identify a potential rip current from the shore line and to avoid such areas. We were instructed to swim perpendicular to the current which at this beach would generally be up or down along the beach.

    I know first hand how scary a rip current can be . A number of years ago I was pulled under by a rip current and as I was spun downward my head crashed into the bottom and luckily I didn't pass out, but I was dazed. I was actually so dazed that I can't say I actually was able enough to swim with the current as much as going with it and guiding myself into the shore line. All I know is I was glad to hit the beach breathing and God was looking out for me that day.

    Don, your idea of a rescue rig that could be deployed from the beach is a good one. Maybe if forwarded to the proper state agency that is responsible for the beaches and parks, it would be given some study and consideration. Although bureaucracy is some what hard waters to navigate when trying to speak to the right official.

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    I know the Oahu lifeguards have some of their jet skis set up with a platform that they tow behind them. From shore, they drive up to the swimmer in distress, the swimmer flops onto the platform, and hangs on while the lifeguard drives back in. I hear they can deploy that system relatively quickly from the beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigHonu View Post
    I know the Oahu lifeguards have some of their jet skis set up with a platform that they tow behind them. From shore, they drive up to the swimmer in distress, the swimmer flops onto the platform, and hangs on while the lifeguard drives back in. I hear they can deploy that system relatively quickly from the beach.
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    These guys have the same rigs. These are also what the guys use at Jaws and other tow in surfing spots. In the shot below, you can see the one "aqua trailer" behind the ski.

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    Thanks for the pic Don!

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    Tino,
    I would guess your observation might be on thin ice but I believe supportable if one turned back the time as you suggest. I recently was sent a link to a YouTube video regarding some dolphin and I was amazed at how many similar links to videos and stories of whales and dolphin saving people there were. There was also a story of a small fishing village where for generations of both people and dolphin, the dolphin herd fish in to shore and then clear the area while the fishermen cast their nets. It appears to be a good and viable cooperation between dolphin and man where both parties benefit in fish. There are numerous examples and cases of these animals going out of their way and even into harms way to benefit man. Why?

    Some of us might consider as a good sign of intelligence, the level of success one has had in securing pleasure and fun in a sustainable and rewarding lifestyle. This can be evaluated both in terms of material goods but sans them as well. Depending on the parameters, one could easily make a case that the dolphin (whales) are quite successful and spend more of their time in the pursuit of pleasure and sport than we do.
    Animals aren't stupid. We like to think of ourselves as smarter than most because we invented things like soap, the wheel, New York City, nuclear war, etc., but that really only reflects a superior ability to think in abstract terms. They have to deal with all the same problems we do, except maybe income tax. We might have invented fishing nets, but most any animal that eats fish would only have to see one in operation a couple of times to figure out what it's good for -- and as long as there's some benefit for them, why not help?

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    Don, it sounds to me like what this beach needs is what we in the anti-terrorism field call an Access Control Point. Translated, that means the entire beach is fenced-off with a single door to get in, and the door is covered with a big sign that says "WARNING: RIP CURRENT ZONE. If you get pulled away from shore, swim sideways 50 yards before trying to swim to shore again. Press the entry button to continue. ==>"

    If the problem is that nobody stops to read the sign, then the solution is to make sure nobody can avoid the sign. A setup like that would cost about as much as, say, a trip to Hawaii, and out there, you could even solar-power the door lock so it could be completely self-sustaining.
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    fyrstormer,

    Clearly the answer is to get people who visit this beach to understand that there is a rip tide out there and what is involved in avoiding it but your choke point doesn't work by nature of the geography and clear access to the ocean from a number of large buildings that come right up to the beach. I was there yesterday again and my friend Mike came up to me after I had come out from surfing. He, I and my wife discussed the problem of the rip and lack of any attempt at educating the visitors by the large resorts that front this beach. Even a note card in the rooms advising folks to read the posted signs prior to entering the water would make a big difference. A family sitting on the beach near us must have overheard our conversation and after Mike left, the father spoke up and excused himself but asked me what rip was I talking about and where was it. I pointed to the three buoys in line out in front of us and over to where the sign was that explained the rip. These folks had just flown in the day before and were staying in one of the resorts right behind us. They had no idea of any potential danger out in front of them or that a young man had presumably drowned a few days earlier because of this danger.

    The surf was building last night powered by a new swell and today is predicted to have larger waves. I will be going back there in a few hours and it's probably even money that if the surf has gotten larger that some person or persons will need some assistance in getting out of the rip.
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    Ah, so this isn't one of the more secluded beaches then. I guess that does pose a problem.

    What about big signs on top of the buoys that say "RIP CURRENT ZONE: SWIM THIS WAY ==>"

    The problem with un-labeled buoys, generally speaking, is that people don't find out what they're marking until after they encounter problems.

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    "We" who have no say or control in this matter have discussed signage or cautions placed on the buoys but since they rotate, often have waves breaking over them and in strong rip currents are tugged almost underwater, it is doubtful such signage would hold up for any period of time. The additional irony would be if people swam to them to read what was said only to discover they were now in the grasp of the rip!

    I worry that some solution arrived at might be a closure of the beach and limited access to those of us who are not troubled by the rip. When I first started going there, I noticed one day that a red flag had been posted. I went and read the legend and a red flag signified that the beach was closed to swimming. Well it was obvious that no one was paying any attention to the red flag so I ignored it as well. Now that I am familiar with the beach, I realize that the red flag is posted almost constantly and the flag is faded and in need of replacement!

    If this were a county beach, I strongly suspect that there would be a lifeguard on duty during times of strong tides or surf. A friend told me that the resorts lobbied to have the beach dedicated to the state for tax benefit reasons.
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    Hi guys,

    Some of you who have recently contacted me with an order request or for any other reasons have likely noticed that I have not necessarily been quick to respond. I have been in a pseudo work/vacation mode and historically I have been exceptionally useless this time of year due to whale season and such.

    Last Saturday my brother was due to arrive for a weeks visit and hopeful whale encounters. The ocean was the best I have seen this year in terms of no surf or wind and sunny skies. Unfortunately we all were instructed to seek high ground because of the tsunami and I didn't even know if my brother's plane would land on Maui or what he might find if and when it did. My house is at the elevation border line of tsunami concern but the only access by road is down at shore level. It seemed likely that the road and all of the homes and condos down on it would suffer from the tsunami and I would have to be creative in coming up with access to my home. Fortunately the tidal surges from the tsunami didn't cause any damage here and it was a good exercise in preparation and planning for any next time.

    The day after found us under heavy rain and wind and the rain has gone but the wind has been at and near gale force since then. Bummer for my brother! Yesterday we went down to the place where the manta's come in because the conditions were better then anywhere else and the reef somewhat in wind shadow thanks to the island. When we arrived late in the afternoon, the conditions were marginal because the wind was strong and straight off shore (pushing you out to sea) but caution was put aside because my brother really wanted to get wet and we wanted some encounters hopefully with the mantas. We got on wave skis and the wind delivered us out past the waves and onto the reef edge in no time. By dropping in the water and towing the wave skis behind us we were able to escape the wind for the most part and we proceeded to swim north on the reef in pursuit of mantas. No sightings. The sea surface got worse but the chop was still small in height but very close together and spray flying. We decided to swim south to the southern border of the reef and then go in. We had about reached the southern end when I saw something large and black and white on the surface up ahead and coming into view. I immediately assumed it was a large manta on the surface but as it got closer I realized it was a humpback whale headed towards the shore in the shallows! We were only in about 25-30' of water. I was armed with a video camera in housing and didn't discover until after the encounter that it was set on telephoto and as a result useless for any coverage of the whales. I couldn't see them in the view finder but given the dark water (late afternoon sun was behind a dark cloud) and my poor vision without readers, I have learned to point and prey with my cameras and hope for the best. No dice on this one. Fortunately my brother had some success with his still camera.



    As it turned out, there were two whales and they came in and circled us checking us out. One was in a larger circle and I didn't see it until the end. The one that was closer to us came in over the reef and swam inshore of us and then doubled back and came in real close to me. It was a great and totally unexpected experience. They stopped about 50 yards further out to sea but by this time it was obvious that we had a real uphill trek getting back to shore and we ended up swimming in all the way because we would have been sail boats sitting up on the wave ski and blown away from shore while paddling into relentless chop and spray on the surface. We really had no business being out there in those conditions.

    After the whale encounter and on our way in, we came over a pair of mantas after all. I was stoked that we did go out even though it was not a wise move because my brother has now at least had one good whale encounter for the trip. Strong trade winds are anticipated for the rest of his stay but hopefully we will be able to find some areas of relative calm and perhaps add to this first experience.

    We had big surf at the beginning of the week as well which ruled out any decent shore line snorkeling. We went up to Honolua Bay a couple days ago to check out the surf and got some nice shots.







    We also went out on a friend's catamaran on a gale warning day figuring the only chance to see whales close and reasonably was on a big boat. We found a small area in wind shadow that lasted for a while and did have some whales around.





    On the way back, we came across a 35' sail boat that had broken free of its mooring and was headed out to sea, unmanned. I ended up assisting in a boarding and rescue of the boat. We were able to get its diesel engine started after the skipper of the cat contacted the boat's owner and got the skinny. I got to drive it back to some public moorings off Lahaina and basically had one shot at picking up the mooring since the boat had no neutral or reverse. Fortunately we approached into the wind and it was plenty strong enough to act as a brake. There was a crew member and alternate skipper from the cat on board and he called the shots and had the boat hook for snagging the buoy which he did to the cheers of those on the cat who were following along side and ultimately our escape vessel should things go south. We had taken off from the cat on a small zodiak and in the strong winds and short chop it was a pretty wet and wild ride going out to board the drifting boat. You never know what might be around the corner!
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    Man ... those waves are sick !!
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    Living on the edge there Don. Exciting & Scary stuff. My adrenalin was starting to flow just reading!! Take it easy & have fun.
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