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post #690 of Old 11-20-2008
On the hard
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Here I sit looking at white horse and striations of foam on the lake out front with it blowing 30+ and me with my boat on the hard. It SUCKS! It'd be FAST out there today for sure.... While that photo was cool, the trip with Fredia on our May cruise and that beam reach across the strait in a clear air Gale was much wilder. Sorry, no pics. The camera was inside and Fredia was too scared to go get it, that and she was getting Mal de Mar when all the way in the cabin. It was nuts! Surfing along the faces of waves on the beam with the Staysail and full Main up in 40 knots of breeze against a 3 knot ebb. We saw 11.8 along one nasty wave and made the trip from San Juan Island to Port Townsend in four hours. Over my shoulder to Starboard and it's all green with froth (on the high side), back to Port and it's a gaping hole. No breaks from the helm cause Fredia couldn't handle it and was too afraid to come off the ladder and out there with me. Damndest sail I ever had and it beat the delivery sail by a mile for adrenaline shots per minute. I kept expecting Oh Joy to trip over her keel at those speeds but she just sliced on through. It was the only time I hollered at Davey Jones since I started sailing.

Yep, bloein' out there:

Weather Conditions for:
Smith Island, WA (SISW1)
Elev: 50 ft; Latitude: 48.32000; Longitude: -122.84000

Current time: Thu, 20 Nov 13:43 pm (PST)
Most Recent Observation: Thu, 20 Nov 1:00 pm (PST)
Time Temp. Wind Wind Sea Level
Direction Speed Pressure
(PST) (f) (mph) (mb)
20 Nov 1:00 pm 49 SSE 31G36 1011.4
20 Nov 12:00 pm 49 S 32G38 1011.5
20 Nov 11:00 am 49 SSE 45G52 1009.5
20 Nov 10:00 am 51 SSE 46G52 1008.0
20 Nov 9:00 am 51 SSE 26G29 1007.9
20 Nov 8:00 am 51 ESE 24G26 1006.1
20 Nov 7:00 am 53 SE 24G26 1007.4
20 Nov 6:00 am 52 SE 23 1008.4
20 Nov 5:00 am 51 ESE 15G17 1009.6

Last edited by CharlieCobra; 11-20-2008 at 04:44 PM.
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