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Re: Thunderstorm in Chesapeake Bay
I hope everyone understands this is just precaution.
* I've been clobbered on beach cats witheverything up and been safe enough just feathering. But it wasn't fun, not at all.
* Ligtening is random, so that is actually my greatest concern. Nothing you can do, really, other than sheltering near a lot of trees and masts.
Really, the risk of gear damage for a few mintues of sailing is not justifiable. That is my main reason for bare poles. I'll sail in the rain, just not in thunderstorms. That said, I am always in a possition to make sail or drop anchor in moments if need be.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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