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Condolences, Chuckles. And sorry to hear about the loss of another Chesapeake sailor.
Water temps in the mid-upper Chesapeake have been hovering in the low 60's (F). I was out today and had to do some mooring pennant work, with hands immersed -- it was chilly but swimmable. So I would expect something more than just cold water at play here.
A pretty serious squall line passed over the mid-upper Bay yesterday evening while many clubs along the western shore were in the middle of the Wednesday Night races. I heard reports of 40+ knot gusts and knockdowns on the West River, just a bit south of Chuck's friend. That's some serious wind to manage, especially in racing mode when you're likely to be pressing on with a lot of canvas. It's easy to see how even a well-skippered boat could lose someone overboard in those conditions.
I invested in an auto-inflate PFD this spring and have been wearing it on my solo trips to the boat. I get funny looks and sometimes some ribbing from the marina staff, but stories like these reinforce the decision.
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