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Re: Sailing Darwin awards
As someone said earlier, there are many variables.
I once rode out a 'nor easter on my boat, but there is a HUGE difference between the 50-60 mph gusts I experienced and the 80+ mph gusts of a hurricane. And lets not forget hurricane winds are accompanied by a storm surge.
I don't think riding out this storm in a well found 53 foot boat in Annapolis is Darwin material. But I don't think it would have been wise to try it in any boat with any level of experience along the Jersey shore during this storm. In fact I talked a gentleman out of doing exactly that in our marina.
It's a matter of degree.
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“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau