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Day Sailing Strategy for Regions with Frequent Storms

I live in Tampa, and this will be my first summer sailing here. My strategy in dealing with storms has always been to just avoid them. If the forecast called for lightening, I would just stay in and go sailing another day. The problem here is that from from June through Sept/Oct the weather forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms every day. They tend to be in the afternoon, but any decent wind is usually in the afternoon as well. They usually are brief, and the winds aren't that strong, but there is lightening. Even if I stay in close, it still takes between 30-60 minutes before I can get back to my mooring, tie up and get to shore. These storms come up fast, and in that time could definitely be on top of me. Any tips on a strategy that can get me out on the boat, but still keep me safe.
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