- ' misconception is the belief that a breaking wave "strikes" the boat
and that the moving water in the crest does the damage. Actually, the
boat is lifted by the forward face of the wave with no impact. When it
reaches the breaking crest the boat velocity is close to the wave
velocity. The crest water is aerated and has little damage potential.
Damage to the boat is incurred when the boat is thrown ahead of the
wave and impacts the green water in the trough. The leeward side and
the deck are struck. A careful reading of "Fastnet Force Ten"
and "Fatal Storm" will confirm this conclusion.' From the Jordandrogue
This I do endorse from my own experience. I've never been hurt by white
water but have been hurt falling off waves onto green water.
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