Stay aware of sea state

Yachting Monthly - - EXPERT ON BOARD -

While the crew is ashore, wave ac­tion could in­ten­sify even if the wind re­mains con­stant. A ris­ing tide may cover off­shore rocks or banks, leav­ing the beach more ex­posed, and swell is in­flu­enced by the tidal stream be­cause a cur­rent flow­ing along a coast re­fracts the waves ei­ther to­wards or away from the shore. There­fore the skip­per should stay alert to any change in sea state, par­tic­u­larly when the tidal stream is due to re­verse.

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