to Marco Island, FL. We got caught by a really fast moving cold front. High winds, big waves (10' - 12'). One of the crew lost
his hand hold coming up the companionway
, fell backwards and we thought he had broken his back. Called CG but told we had to wait until daylight. During the night a wave flooded the cockpit
(batten boards were in place) and washed me overboard
. I thought teather must have come unsnapped when it caught and slamed my face into the hull
and broke my nose (better than drowning). Later that night forces against rudder
were so great that the rudder
quadrant broke (cable steering) and we lost
had redundant quadrant attachment to the rudder post so we could still steer using the autopilot
..., then the engine
overheated and warped the heads. No more power. Finally morning came. CG called and told us that so many vessels were in trouble and since we were sailboat and still able to maneuver that we should just turn around and return to Galveston Bay where they would have commercial
tow meet us. We did, got towed into dock
. Ambulance came and got crew member
(back not broken). Repowerd boat, built new quadrant out of stainless instead of bronze and am still sailing the same boat. That was 15 years ago. Learned a lot that night.
On more than one occasion I have told God that if he would just get me off this boat I would NEVER set foot on a boat again. He never has removed me and always, the sun has come back out, it turns back into beautiful weather
and I remember why I love to sail. Sometimes I forget...