Join Date: Jun 2007
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Re: Scariest moment while sailing?
It was a dark and stormy night...really. 175 miles east of Tonga with 40 knots blowing against the current and a leftover SW swell making things even more miserable--can't see anything beyond the rain and spray slamming the dodger. Tilerpilot holding course, trysail up, and me on watch with hubby sleeping below. Suddenly the boat is hit by a freight train of water, and the anemometer spins to 80 knots! Seas begin quickly to build. Finally panic enough to call out Bob and heave to (fortunately we had sea room). The wind howls and really steep waves slap us around. Forecast was for 25 knots from the east-where did 80 knots from the west fit in? Visions of the Queen's Birthday storm flash through my mind. By the time a gray, rainy morning dawned things had calmed down to 25 knots from the NE, and we timidly hoisted the main, triple reefed.
I think this experience was even scarier than the night spent threading through islands around Costa Rica's Isla del Cano, when lightning all around us hit the sea about once every two minutes-all night. I had the watch that time, too-Bob slept through the thunder and hullabaloo. Geez...