Originally Posted by Southcoasting
I just learned about this type of cloud at my Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety Class...We were taught these are basically a sign that a thunderstorm or cold front is coming with a squall line that can turn a 5 knot wind to 60 knots in no time...
So basically, a huge risk to take if you decide to sail if you see one of these...Or if you see one while sailing, the idea is to sail away from it and run for cover...
Nooooooooo.... Unless you are sailing on Neptune's boat, you aren't going to outrun this. Sailing closer to land is a bad idea unless you are 150% sure you can make it is a bad idea.
Raise anchor, batten down, rig for heavy weather and head for deep open water FAST!