You really got to picture this!
While sailing up the west coast
about 5 miles off Naples, the wind
kept decreasing. I was sailing a nice beam reach. I set the "bananna" sail, a large yellow colored 3 oz or so dacron sail I believe is called a reacher. It's like a 200% genoa
. it keeps the boat sailing when the wind
Anyhow after a while I couldn't maintain 2 1/2 kts, which was my speed when I turn the iron genny on. So while mototr sailing, with the auto pilot on, I was sitting in the cockpit
, with my back against the cabin
, facing aft, reading a book.
I didn't see the squall coming! All of a sudden The boat got knocked down. I was on the lee side, and had a hard time getting up, as the cockpit
coaming went under water
by about a 6 inches. I got to the wheel
and turned into the wind a bit. there was so much pressure on the mainsheet, i couldn't release it easily. I let out the bananna, but was worried that the flogging would distroy my favorite sail. Anyhow, after I was able to get to the mast
and lower the bananna, there was still 1 foot of water
in the cockpit.
Thinking about it now, if I was on the windward side, I might have been thrown accross and off the boat!
The boat and sails
survived. After what semed like hours (actually minutes0, I was exhausted!
After it passed the wind was fine and I had a great sail up the coast.