Thunderstorm in Chesapeake Bay
As usual, it depends. If you sail long enough on the Bay, you'll get to experience a few of them. A couple notes:
- if anchored somewhere, let out more scope, secure all canvas, stuff on deck, etc. Take note of any boats anchored around you. Think through action plans in case you or others drag.
- if underway, shorten sail, don foul wx gear, harnesses, etc. Take note of other vessels in the area, take careful note of how much searoom you have to maneuver and plan ahead for actions as the wind hits and changes through the storm.
Most t-storms on the Bay are pretty short lived. Only time we got a little concerned was when our dinghy went airborne and started pinwheeling on the painter. Was a little disconcerting. Then the storm passed and the CGG showed up looking for a boat that had called mayday.
BTW - we're at HHN in Herring. Would love to chat more. Will be at the boat this Sat finishing up the stanchion rebed project. :-(