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A pissant squall
Some of you may be aware that I'm kinda a conservative sailor. I don't like breaking gear, nor paying for a replacement, never mind the work involved in replacing broken gear. It's a rare day when we don't begin a sail with a deeply reefed main and see what develops.
Saturday was one of those rare days. We set a full main (with our ever present Yankee jib) for our sail from St. George's anchorage to Tyrrel Bay. 39 miles. Over a sometimes active volcano.
East a touch south the winds topping out at 14 knots and a bit of a kick from the current after the lee with dips to 8 knots once in a while. Then it settled in to a steady 11 knots. It was really pleasant, with a few clouds momentarily varying the wind speed and direction, just to keep us from falling asleep.
"Want me to get the rain gear?" my wife asks as she shrugs at the squall pictured below. I wave my hand dismissively, "Naw."
I mean look at it. It's about as threatening as a cotton ball!
First and foremost; I can see under it, heck, I can see THROUGH it!
There's no white water under it. None at all. The cloud isn't black and threatening, but light and airy. And it seems tiny, maybe 200 feet across.
Then about a hundred feet from the boat a tiny bit of that smooth water that indicates heavy rain peeks out under the rain. White caps begin to appear in front of the smooth patch and we get hit with somewhere around 40 knots. With full main and Yankee. We are barreling along at better than 9 knots in seconds as I ease the main sheet and Nikki eases the jib and I fall off. 20 minutes or so of cold rain and wind. Sucker punched by a pissant squall? LOL Go figure.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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Last edited by capta; 07-24-2016 at 07:16 PM.