Join Date: Jul 2011
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Re: Thunderstorm in Chesapeake Bay
Hi there, I try to do most of my traveling from early morning to mid afternoon when possible, to avoind the ubiquitous afternoon tstorms. I'd much rather ride out a storm at anchor -- you don't have to be at the helm with all that steel in your hands. Getting below is a good idea if you have plenty of sea room, and out of the channel, and use any resources you may have to keep up with your position and insure you're not dragging. Stay alert, watch for thunderclouds forming, and you may have some more time to get in a good place and drop anchor.
If you have to keep going, I recommend the engine like JohnnyQuest. Thunderstorms are quick lived and intense....hardly worth making a big canvas change, and gusts could make your double reefed main and staysail/partially furled jib take your for a ride. I just strike it all and tie it down.
Go through a mental checklist for battening down and you're less likely to run into any problems with afternoon thunderstorms.