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post #162 of Old 11-15-2009
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My Brother and I experienced a knockdown of our Cal 29 whist sailing from Woods Hole Ma to Nantucket. We were reefed at the second when we left Woods Hole, and when we cleared the lee into the Sound we realized we had made a mistake. The wind was blowing hard 20k with 6-8ft seas and building. We squirted out into the sound like a bullet close hauled, and I thought we could make Vineyard Haven, about 6 miles. When we were about 2 miles from the Vineyard, and relative safety, my brother clambered below to grab something, about the time he was clearing the hatch we were hit by a gust of 40+ knots. We stuck the spreaders in the water, and my bro was pinned to the windows. This scared us bad enough to drop the main, and sail the rest of the way in on the jib and motor.
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