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BFS or just a good training exercise?
You be the judge.
The forecast yesterday was for 30% chance of scattered T-storms. Around here, that usually means that nothing's going to happen. I watched the weather radar feed all morning an checked multiple websites. I finally decided it was ok to go out.
I bent on my 100% jib and rolled out. I enjoyed a broad reach out of the river, pushing my little boat up to 6 knots. After a while, I looked behind me and saw a wall of absolute black building up behind me. I flipped over to the WX channel on the VHF and heard "seek immediate shelter until the storm line passes..."
I popped a U-turn and sailed into a cove, dropped the anchor and set it all without the engine. The rain came on like someone had flipped a switch. Hastily, I tied the sails down as lightning and hail came down. I retreated to the cabin and flipped on my super-wham-o-dyne, new anchor light and set the anchor alarm.
I listened to the 35kt breeze whistle through the rigging, and sat at the dinnette watching the lightning and the hail bounce off of the cabin top. The only thing missing was a snack, some rum and a deck of cards.
45 minutes later, the storm line had passed, and the sun came out. I weighed anchor, raised the sails, fell off to port and sailed away. I enjoyed some sailing out in the mouths of two conjoined rivers for a while, and noticed another storm line building, and heard the weather alert tone on the radio again.
I surrendered to the inevitable, sailed back home as far as I dared, then doused and stowed my sails and motored quickly back to my dock just as the next batch of hail, rain and lightning struck.
The wierd thing is, there were several other sailboats out there and a kayaker so I'm not the only one who misjudged the forecast.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168