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Re: Sailing in a thunderstorm
I think you did the right thing and you could have kept doing that for another hour or so without problem.
The thing with sailing in the correct season is squalls like that pass very quickly. That 15 minutes you had puts you through the leading edge of the storm, in your case to where it quickly died away, in other cases it will drop down to, say, 25 knots for a while... Something manageable.
But you did the right thing: head up into the waves and hang on. Just keeping the boat under the best control you can.
I check my lines and then get the engine on to assist, I de power the main, and furl the genoa right up... And then just hang on.
If it does last a long time, more than am hour, then by that time you will have worked out if its a squall or some huge weather front and be able to take appropriate measures...l in a big squall I tend to sail at 90 degrees to the wind hoping to get out of the edge of it. If its a huge weather front then work out your options that include heaving to...
After a while they become less scary.... Even fun.
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