The storm was pretty intense for us on a Beneteau
47.7. For one thing, the lighting
was like some kind of strobe light torture.
We were flying the .8oz kite when winds started getting into the high 20s, so we doused the chute and unrolled the jib
sailing a little higher down wind
angles to keep the jib
flying. Then it started piping up to 40, so we rolled in the jib.
Then it was like all hell broke loose. We were doing 12.6 knots under main alone it it was pretty out of control. I saw high 40s on the knot
meter but I was just trying to keep the boat pointed the right way, so I wasn't looking at it much once it was out of control. A crew said they saw 50s. I was just trying to keep clear of land and the other boats. Eventually, I sailed up a bit to spill a bit out of the main. We heard the transmission
that 2 were missing and the rest were in the water
. And we heard about a boat in our class being holed above the water
line from a collision
I have an older Nexus chart display at the helm
, and it was all I could do to see the outlines of beaver Island to the west and the michigan shore to the east. With the wind
, the rain pelting us like a fire hose, it was pretty hard to see it.
We got hit pretty good twice.