Had three chase me in toward St. George Island after crossing from Cedar Key all night.
was slacking just after dawn, still 45 miles out, trying to get the last bit of mileage from the sails
before having to start the engine
. Only making 2.5 knots, trimming, trimming, popcorn thunderstorms all around but all moving east. Then the wind
did a 180 and put me in irons.
Thought about a breakfast snack but then noticed the water spouts behind me moving west toward me. I was taking pictures until I noticed they were coming at me just as rain drops started to fall. Looked up to see the cloud they were coming from stretched to directly overhead.
I decided to blow the soot out of the exhaust elbow
. And I've never dropped the sails so fast before or since.
Took about 15 minutes before I could tell they were falling back. Kept it at full power for another 15 just for peace of mind. My SPOT track had a couple of long segments in it there that friends commented on later.