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Re: What would you do? Caught off guard by storm on the Chesapeake
I've been in this exact scenario. The wind will usually gust out of the south. If the wind is already 10 knots, and presumably out of the south then you have to anticipate gusts of 30 knots or so . What direction is the tide running? If its against the wind its going to get ugly, for a little while. Take a piss now while you can. Get the sails down, get the motor running. Close everything up. Keep the keel down. Get a drink and a snack in case you have to sit there for 2 hours. Get on your rain coat.
Personally I'd get away from the channel, maybe close to a windward shore. again presuming you know the way the wind will be coming. Get the anchor out of the locker and ready. Lock the lockers in the cockpit. Put on PFD.
Basically you are going to motor through this. But Plan b will be anchor, plan c is the reefed main sail. Plan d is life preserver. What you don't want is to be close to entering an inlet or doing some critical maneuver when this storm comes. You want to be in sheltered water ( not the channel) with room to motor slowly into the wind. You don.t want to have to go forward.
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Last edited by Sal Paradise; 12-29-2013 at 10:07 PM.