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I was one of the crew members on Blue Blaze, the contessa 32.
We had a great ride; the contessa was a lovely boat to sail in these conditions. I spent about an hour before we rounded Halibut bank trying to decide what to cook for dinner Saturday evening, my dilemma was beef or lamb roast. I posed the question to the crew, who unanimously noted that lamb would be a nice touch especially if it resembled the last one we had all eaten.
After rounding Halibut bank we were hit with 55 knot gusts coupled with extremely large waves;it was only a matter of time before we got "pooped". The boat went over about 30 degrees, being on the low side I got the worst of the dunking, and when Blue blaze had finished laughing at us, we started to bail out quite a few gallons of water from the cockpit. The scuppers took it out faster than we could bail as the stern lifted again for another dance with the waves; the skippers comment that he normally preferred to bath alone was quite uncharitable I thought!
We decided to head for Nanoose bay to anchor until the wind abated a little, hammering into the walls of water seamed silly when we could take the time to get on some dry clothes and have a little rest. If we had been thrown a fish or two while constantly being doused with water, we might have taken a different view but the waves were spewing salt spray constantly and it was difficult to see anything, at least before pooping the old dodger, from that enormous rogue wave , we had some protection from the spray.
We agreed that we would weigh anchor slog to Nanaimo and then back to Vancouver as soon as we had a reprieve. We were quite surprised to hear the race had been cancelled; now we have to wait another year to show you all what the old tub is made of............
Once anchored I asked the boys to take off their wellies so I could start the dry out process. I poured about 1/2 a liter of salty water out of all of them.
We spent the night listing to the strangest sounds..subs we thought.
The next day was beautiful weather, and a lovely ride back to Vancouver.
I didn't do a roast in the end, we went to our favourite Thai restaurant instead.
Well done to all that sailed!
Last edited by workingsailor; 04-04-2010 at 11:00 PM.