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Re: sailing in a thunderstorm
Recently, we completed the channel crossing from Catalina to Avalon. There came up to 20% chances of thunderstorms in L.A. and San Diego, but none forecast for Orange County. I heard a couple distant thunderclaps and the last 1/4 of the way, we got a bit of sprinkles from the leading edge of the hurricane Fabio in Mexico and some good wind as well, but not too much, whew! Still getting used to the boat.
BTW, regarding sailing in heavy stuff all around the world, I talked to a sailor once (a very, very experienced sailor and long time captain) who lost steering with the rudder stuck to one side in a major storm sailing with up to 50 ft. waves. Captain Voyle asked me, "what would you do?" It took me about a week, but I think I've figured it out and will ask him in person when we soon meet again, in Avalon. In the meantime, think about it, what would you do?
So, there are myriad considerations in sailing, which keeps things interesting.
Last edited by Mark S.; 07-22-2012 at 06:04 AM.