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Old 07-03-2007
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Having been caught out in a nasty RED/PURPLE cell from hell recently in a boat with no reefs I can give ya a tip that worked for me. After getting knocked down once and being pushed sideways before I could get her around, I left the jib set for a Starboard tack (backwinded) and set her on a Port tack about 15 degrees off the wind with the boom all the way to windward. This allowed me to sail at about three knots dead into a 40+ knot gale until I could reach a Windward shore and escape the wind, all while being POUNDED by 3/4" hail and having lightning like I haven't seen since Texas, scare the crap outta me. This little adwenture tought me much about what my boat and myself could handle. It also taught me that just because ya haven't seen storms like that in 11 yrs. of living someplace, doesn't mean they cannot happen.
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