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Why go out into this *crap*?

I am in the Caribbean.
After the net controllers weather report on our islands VHF radio net this morning I jumped on and said the satellight photo shows large intense cloud all over the eastern Caribbean islands from the BVIs to Trinidad.
It was pissing down rain, not much wind, but that wind from due south.
A bunch of boats then said they were leaving to plug directly into it.

Needless to say the day has been full of squall.

See the photo I just took. It's a color photo.

Would you go out in this? Or stay snug as a bug in a bar?

Remember these are cruisers, no real time constraints.
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Re: Why go out into this *crap*?

Last time I left port on a day like that I got a sailing lesson of note. Twelve hours later we found ourselves in a "squash zone" with winds eventually building to a sustained 75kn, gusting 85kn and stayed with us for 36 hours!

Never again.
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Re: Why go out into this *crap*?

Mark - I'm in Antigua now, only 80 miles south and I had some rain before noon but it has "only" been overcast since then in mild winds so perhaps those headed south weren't bucking wind and rain all the way. I would have remained in place until tomorrow or the day after - in fact I might sail up and visit you later on this week!

It looks like you are anchored in the only place deep enough for me in there - off Palapa


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It looks like you are anchored in the only place deep enough for me in there - off Palapa
There's a stack of deep water vacant around me
(Except towards PDP. I swung in a WESTERLY and the depth alarm went berko)

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Honestly that picture doesn't look all that bad. But I wouldn't head out to sail into it though. Now it does look like the kind of day that would work itself up to like a 30kt breeze and if I was south going north you betcha I'd be going somewhere. 30kts on a deep reach on 6 foot waves in 80 SURFS UP! I'd be hitting 9 to 14 yeah buddy!
But no I'm up in New England trying to figure out why this y valve is sticking in 40 weather with no idea when I'll get the boat back in the water wondering why I didn't go down there this year!

I hate you guys!

Then again I sailed on this day.
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I'm with you Mark, it Looks like a bake some bread, read a good book, drink some rum kind of day to me. I'll deal with "crap" if it pops up, but I don't roll in it if I don't have to.
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Re: Why go out into this *crap*?

Cirrus moving across here in Falmouth with some mid-level scud as well. I spent the day editing pictures from the Antigua Sailing Week and just finished uploading - anyone else stuck in the boring weather here or otherwise willing to wade through some pictures of yachts racing, just click on the picture



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Always leave room for things to be worse than you predict. No sense starting out behind.
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I would have to trust my forecaster a lot to go out in that. It might be ok, but in my experience those systems can turn ugly in a hurry.
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Re: Why go out into this *crap*?

When I lived in the PNW I'd wait for nice days like that, now that I sail in SoCal, I've gotten a lot softer...and fatter....and maybe uglier.

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