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Old 08-27-2012
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Re: Boy killed by lightning in our anchorage, what would you do?

That is an awful tragedy.

We don't sail when pop-up thunderstorms are predicted usually, but last Friday evening was an exception. We took two other couples out for a Friday night sail and an hour into the sail we saw a dark cloud building to the south. The winds were fantastic with 12-17 kt out of the west when they shifted to the south suddenly. The crew saw me looking nervously at the sky and one of them checked the radar on their iPhone. It was a small cell and we did not see any lightening so we opened a beer and kept going.

The sail was fantastic from start to finish, but I had to hide thoughts just as you present. Is it better to go ashore or ride it out and let the grounding system do its thing?
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