dru wrote:Where was that Trev? Big swell with really big periods could be exciting but fun as long as it wasn't breaking. Though I imagine in a kayak you'd be too close to land for that to work. I think the biggest I've been in is around 3.5m to 4.0m. It's enough when you're in shore I reckon.
I've heard some fabulous stories from racing yachts in these conditions during the Sydney to Hobart. Best to stay on land!
8m in Newcastle, amazing? Willy weather says 6m at Longie tuesday pm. But the BOM won't predict that far out. As the commercial sites use BOM data to feed into their algorithms, I'd hold off expectations for a couple of days. Something is happening though.
No shit here, but nearly literally. The crossing was from Cowan Cowan (Moreton Is) in 30 - 38 knot SE'ers to Woorim (Bribie Is). the tide was big (2.5 m) and was 2 hours into the flood, so heading south, directly opposing the wind, and increasing wave wind interaction over the entire trip. The 5.3 metre Natareline Mermaid was screaming down the faces of the waves, with a metre behind and below, and threatening to broach repeatedly. I was fit and skilled at the time, but was still pretty spooked, for the entire 3 hours.
If you know this crossing, it also has several large shallow sandbanks in it, which were large breaking surf, with clapitas from the circling swells....definitely a no go zone. I really didn't want to flip (though I could roll at that point in time), as I had a 90 cm Spotted Mackeral in the hull, hooked in the first 20 minutes of the crossing. Really didn't want to risk losing that if I swam. Needless to say, there wasn't another boat on the entire bay.