Challenging the Southport Bar in a Storm - What is the story?

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A delivery 'sailor' decided to commence a passage from Southport in south east Queensland in Australia to Yeppoon. The forecast was seas 9 to 10 mtrs with a storm warning with winds that had at times been recorded at 61 kts at the Gold Coast seaway entrance. This bar has claimed many vessels before. The skipper attempted to go out the seaway, which had not been yet officially closed. It was soon after.

Lots of rumour but who knows the full story? We'd welcome any information you have, is there a good explanation?
( you can use the comments field at the bottom of that amazing image sequence story).

Another giant week on, the biggest in our 11 year history and that was before we saw the Southport bar yacht pictures.

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