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post #5 of Old 08-19-2003
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Weather SURPRISE out at SEA

Yea, great story. Hope it doesn''t scare you out of the water.

A couple of things... if he really was a good Captain, he should have seen it coming and already had the first reef or two in before it hit...

But then, if he''s in a race, I can see him not wanting to do that.

I agree that the best thing to do is relax and hopefully you have some faith/knowledge of what your boat can handle.

I got caught by a pretty intense squall a while back in the middle of an otherwise very calm night. Caught with jib and staysail up, and a single-reefed main (at least I was a little conservative about sailing at night). After sitting back and relaxing for a while, letting the windvane steer the boat, and seeing that the boat was handling the wind, rain and lightning OK even with all that sail up, I decided it wasn''t worth risking anyone on deck trying to drop sail any further and just rode it out. Last thing you want to attempt is a man overboard drill at night in a storm.

About an hour and a half later we were sitting it absolute calm about 15 miles away from where it started, but thankfully just about right on course.

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