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It isn't a lee shore if you can sail away from it DDW... by definition, a lee shore would be downwind of you, and to get away from it, you would need to sail UPWIND.
BTW, never a big fan of relying on an engine in bad conditions.... if the engine cuts out on you, you're basically screwed. IMHO, much of the time you'd spend futzing with the engine, could better be spent sailing the boat away from the lee shore. Engines on sailboats tend not to be all that reliable in heavy seas and winds.
I like your thinking. Alcatraz Island can be a very surprisingly difficult lee shore. The current can race around it and suck you into the island. On the North side of the Island there are lots of rocks above and right below the water. I got stuck there once, and I say once because I will never get that close again. I couldn't beat around the South end because the current was too strong, and I couldn't go the Northern route because it would take me too close to the rocks. I tried sailing out of it on both tacks, in every direction, to no avail. What finally worked was to start the engine and go high rpm/full sail DDW away from the shore. I did that for about a half hour until I got out of the current and could resume course. I made it about 2 or 300 yards in the half hour.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 10-12-2007 at 03:53 PM.