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Sailing in a Storm
I have a little 12' MiniFish and sail about a mile on a lake near our home here in Florida, and I am not very good at that. So, I am not qualified to answer my question.
I am doing some research for an article. In Mark 4:35-41 we are told that Jesus and some of his disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee (actually a large lake, approx. 13 miles long by 8 miles wide) at night in what was probably a fishing boat with a sail. I assume the boat was in the 18' to 20' range. A storm came up (the word "storm" indicates it was gusty winds and not straight winds) and the waves were large enough to break over the sides of the boat.
Here is my question: Here you are two or three miles from shore, in the dark, in the middle of a gusty wind storm with large waves, in an 18 to 20' boat. What would an experienced skipper do? Would you strike the sail and hope for the best? Would you leave the sail up and try to navigate on to shore? Would you try to run with the wind? I really have no idea.
Any comments would be sincerely appreciated.