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Re: Thunderstorm in Chesapeake Bay
DR I have been sailing a long time, almost all of it off the coast of Maine. Offshore I would "heave to", in the bays I would take the sails down and motor into the wind. Lots of deep water and room.
Not much experience in the Chesapeake, and there is some very good advice on this thread. My concern was the shallow water and not much room to maneuver.
From the thread here is what I would do:
1. Start the motor take down the sails. Wind shifts and speed are to unpredictable.
2. Life Vests and hatches
3. Ride out the storm
Interest comments about fronts and forming storms. I will have to get better about identifying these and becoming familiar with Chesapeake weather.