Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Sailing 3 miles off shore and Thunderstorm moves in from the east. What do you do
Just keep mooooving. (sorry) There is plenty of time to prep for thunderstorms. As wind gusts topping 50 and horizontal rain/hail, etc. can be a problem, get the iron genny warmed up, put on goggles, either furl or douse sails. Screwing with trying to sail is inviting disaster. I either douse completely or just leave a bit of main up for stability so that the engine can keep the boat head to wind, then just ride it out until the squall passes. Visibility may be 0 for a few minutes so check ahead and behind and get a good bearing on your position relative to buoys, etc. There is not enough fetch, if close to shore for any real sea to build.
I just had this exact scenario coming into Norfolk with a tanker behind me and a sub and warships ahead. White knuckle time.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 06-17-2013 at 08:06 AM.