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Old 27-10-2011, 17:14   #46
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Re: Lessons Learned from a Knockdown

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in the tampa area weather changes fast and with only the warnings you find from watching closely. they form over your head as you sail-- watch for the signs-- haze, disappearing stars on horizon at night, flukey winds are one of the final signs before they hit-- shorten sail and dont add when winds lighten and become flukey as you will get hit... the storms pack high winds and can really take ye for a ride-- fun to sail but scary lightning and wicked fast boat speeds..LOL the seas close to shor will be big n boxy , as is shot water-- dont get caught in skinny, short water--wont be fun--is better out in gulf. the storms keep within 40 mi of shore usually, unless they are from a strong front approaching.

You were down in Manatee County on the river so you know all about it here.

Fair winds watch that storm you got coming at ya.

Auto pilot is saying get up here and grab the tiller.
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Old 27-10-2011, 19:02   #47
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Re: Lessons Learned from a Knockdown

Ahoy, well done you guys, wonderful the way you dealt with all that extreme weather and the consequences, at night!!! One thing to expect in a yacht in the open sea is the unexpected, especially at night!!!

You showed extreme bravery and coolness and good sense in a shocking situation, keep sailing!!

Good luck from Keith.

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Old 27-10-2011, 21:02   #48
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Re: Lessons Learned from a Knockdown

This sounds a lot like my story during Columbus Day Regatta this year. Except, include crash gybe as the boom came over to join the genoa in the water (we were also wing and wing)

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