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#1 Nov 13, 2017 3:15 pm

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The Mighty Ocean

Think of the sea. Imagine its power: constantly swirling around two thirds of the earth’s surface; never stopping, never still. A bottle dropped in Mauritius ends up in Mexico; entire coastlines eroded in a single lifetime; colossal rocks reduced to sand. Nothing can withstand the power of the sea, especially man’s feeble efforts. Despite our best technology there is no man-made structure that can survive the ocean’s power. Just look at how we describe the sea: calm, peaceful, furious, cruel - the whole range of human emotions. For the most part the sea is our friend; gently rocking us to sleep or massaging us on the beach.

But sometimes the sea rises up; unleashes her fury….

Think of a storm. Imagine the wind: howling through the rigging, tearing away anything not lashed down. But the wind is the easy part. A good sailboat can handle any amount of wind; it’s what she was made for. But it’s not the wind that kills you - it’s the water. The monster wave you don’t expect, the one you don’t see until it’s bearing down on you.

Big waves aren’t necessarily lethal; a good helmsman can steer up and down incoming waves, like a surfer. As long as they’re predictable, you can take evasive action, or at least dampen the blow to something survivable. But every now and then the pattern changes, becomes unpredictable. You're expecting them from the bow and this bastard comes at you abeam, the worst possible angle.

Every sailor’s nightmare is the rogue wave: the seventh son of a seventh son. The one you don’t see coming, until it’s too late. The wave you can’t escape from, where the best you can hope for is survival. There are few things in life more terrifying than a wall of black water, looming high over your fragile craft, poised to strike. How dare you, human, how dare you challenge the awesome anger of the sea? 

I'll never forget that dread, that icy fear in the pit of your stomach; when you feel your boat lurch underneath you, when you know you're going past the point of no return.

When you know you're going over....

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#2 Nov 13, 2017 8:41 pm

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Think of the sea. Imagine its power: constantly swirling around two thirds of the earth’s surface; never stopping, never still. A bottle dropped in Mauritius ends up in Mexico; entire coastlines eroded in a single lifetime; colossal rocks reduced to sand. Nothing can withstand the power of the sea, especially man’s feeble efforts. Despite our best technology there is no man-made structure that can survive the ocean’s power. Just look at how we describe the sea: calm, peaceful, furious, cruel - the whole range of human emotions. For the most part the sea is our friend; gently rocking us to sleep or massaging us on the beach.

But sometimes the sea rises up; unleashes her fury….

Think of a storm. Imagine the wind: howling through the rigging, tearing away anything not lashed down. But the wind is the easy part. A good sailboat can handle any amount of wind; it’s what she was made for. But it’s not the wind that kills you - it’s the water. The monster wave you don’t expect, the one you don’t see until it’s bearing down on you.

Big waves aren’t necessarily lethal; a good helmsman can steer up and down incoming waves, like a surfer. As long as they’re predictable, you can take evasive action, or at least dampen the blow to something survivable. But every now and then the pattern changes, becomes unpredictable. You're expecting them from the bow and this bastard comes at you abeam, the worst possible angle.

Every sailor’s nightmare is the rogue wave: the seventh son of a seventh son. The one you don’t see coming, until it’s too late. The wave you can’t escape from, where the best you can hope for is survival. There are few things in life more terrifying than a wall of black water, looming high over your fragile craft, poised to strike. How dare you, human, how dare you challenge the awesome anger of the sea? 

I'll never forget that dread, that icy fear in the pit of your stomach; when you feel your boat lurch underneath you, when you know you're going past the point of no return.

When you know you're going over....

Send this one to Grenada's fishermen. They have primitive boating equipments that leave them ravished by the sea!

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#3 Nov 13, 2017 9:50 pm

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Yes it's sad to see the needless waste of lives when people take to the sea in overcrowded unseaworthy craft. Last year about six young people drowned up by Levera Beach. I know most of the Grand Anse boatmen and whereas most of them are responsible operators, there are a few tearaways that I certainly wouldn't go to sea with.

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#4 Nov 14, 2017 9:09 am

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NH, you see Slice ent have no gill, once the water pass me knee, ah ent going one inch further. Ah doh like the sea.

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#5 Nov 14, 2017 11:25 am

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Plenty people don't. Once I took a group ah fellas to Hog Island, one guy just like you - doh like sea! Man by the time we reach back to the Grand Anse jetty he couldn't wait to reach terra firma, and leap off the boat with about 3 feet still to go to the jetty. SPALH he in the water! Had to rescue him, in about 4 feet of water depth lol!!

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#6 Nov 14, 2017 5:18 pm

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That would be me.  When me and me child was in Grand Anse and also Lagasse, He was way out there and me heart was in me hand.

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