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Old 28-02-2013, 12:27   #1
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We Have Touch Down

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Old 28-02-2013, 12:29   #2
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Whilst sailing in Greece Oct 2012 it was amazing to see this touch down....
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Old 28-02-2013, 12:34   #3
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Here in the USA we call them waterspouts.

And on land the small ones are dust devils. As a kid I use to go out and stand in the middle of them.
That one looks a little big though.
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Old 28-02-2013, 12:37   #4
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Here in the USA we call them waterspouts.
This is the first one I had ever seen. It was amazing... :-)
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Old 28-02-2013, 12:57   #5
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Is there a strategy for avoiding a water spout? I just keep sailing along hoping it does not run over me. I suppose I would let the sheets go if it did?
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We get waterspouts several times a year on Lake Michigan. We can spot them a long way off and we have time to plan how to avoid them. Or if we couldn't avoid it completely, I would treat it as other high winds, reef the main deeply and drop the jib.
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Is there a strategy for avoiding a water spout? I just keep sailing along hoping it does not run over me. I suppose I would let the sheets go if it did?
Hi Guy, what we did was drop all sails and safely motor past..
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Old 28-02-2013, 14:49   #8
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I saw the same sort of thing in Antigua. It would touch the surface for a while and then raise up away from the water for a while. It only went on for about 10 or 15 minutes , but it was scary. Only saw it once in 8 years, so it is rare._____Grant.
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Here in the USA we call them waterspouts.

And on land the small ones are dust devils. As a kid I use to go out and stand in the middle of them.
That one looks a little big though.
From the mountains off to our right we calculated that it was about 2,000 feet high with the water spout about 100 feet....
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Cool!
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Cool picture!

Isn't this simply a tornado over water aka waterspout?
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Cool picture!

Isn't this simply a tornado over water aka waterspout?
Hi, I didn't know what to call it waterspout or tornado ?
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