Rick, I had a gust take my boat to starboard so hard I couldn't release the main sheet! I had just rolled in the genny to handkerchief size but I didn't have the sheets tied off. A gust took it back out full, a jib sheet got tangled, making the genny a balloon! The main was still close hauled! My boat heeled awaaaaay over, zipped across the river in just a few seconds. I nearly T-boned a friends Catalina 30 sitting on it's mooring, just as I finally released the main! My O DoomsDay righted herself and turned away just in time... with very little help from me! I don't think the whole incident took more then a minute to happen.
Gusts are not any fun when they are so strong it's dangerous.
when doing light air like 5-8 and gusts of about 8-10 tip the boat it can be fun.. over.. up... over... up...
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club.
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