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Re: sailor missing in Chesapeake Bay
We were about 1/2 mile in front of the Phoenix when the winds kicked up. It happened pretty quickly, went from 5 to 10, then to 20, then gusts to about 38 and pouring down rain. When I noticed the dark clouds behind us as we were entering the Patapsco, I took some photos and captured that boat in the pix. He had full sails up, so I think that factored into the accident. We only had our jib out and were able to pull it in quickly. Wish we heard a distress call, as we could have turned around to assist.
The winds aren't usually bad when we enter the Patapsco, our marina is right at the mouth basically, so we are very familiar with the area.