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Old 21st May 2020, 07:58
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Thread drift

Spunky Monkey

haven’t travelled it but be cautious of ‘the ditch’.

Friend travelled to NZ on HMAS Melbourne (the carrier) taking green water over the bow.

Good book (Fatal Storm) about 1996 Sydney-Hobart yacht race probably gives a ‘worst case’ view of SE Aus ocean storms.
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Old 21st May 2020, 14:22
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Two about the Fastnet race of 1979.
Left For Dead Left For Dead
and, including a chapter or two from a SAR pilot perspective,
Rescue Pilot Rescue Pilot
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Old 22nd May 2020, 07:07
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More thread drift here but I've recently re-read 'Fatal Storm'. Not being a sea goer, the descriptions have left an impression.

The Nr Fairy:
One participant quoted in 'Fatal Storm' had also been in the 1979 Fastnet. He said something along the lines of "It was like a warm Fastnet" …

A Police helicopter with a ground speed nearing 200 knots on the way out; sometimes less than 10 on the way back. When in a hover, the RADALT varied from 100'+ down to 10'

Well trained and highly skilled pilots only need apply. And as for the bravery of the 'swimmers' going down on the wire to rescue people, it beggers belief.

'Warship' Newcastle, Seahawks, and P3s were also involved in SAR. Newcastle launched a rubber ducky(!) in one rescue.
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