We had cruised from San Francisco
over 33 months. For the first time in 31 months we were returning to the USA to purchase
We were sailing from Isla Mujeres, Mexico
to Charlotte Harbor
and had been out three days.
As we approached the Charlotte Harbor
Approach Channel, we saw a wall of black clouds come off shore heading directly at us. We had already dropped the sails
, since we were entering the channel and decided to run for open water
We were run over like road kill with 62 Knot
winds and heavy rain. The rain was so heavy I could not see beyond the bow rail and the radar
Normally, I motor
at about 2500 rpms and make 7.5 knots. In this wind I was turning 1200 rpms and making 8.5 knots.
Also we have a walk through transom and a sugar scoop, so the cockpit
is suppose to be self-bailing. In this rain the cockpit
had 3 inches of standing water in it.
I ran down wind for about 50 minutes before the wind dropped to 25 knots and I could turn around and head
back to the Harbor.
In our 9500 NM voyage that was the worst Squall we had while under way.
Fortunately nothing was damaged, except the American Flag, which looked like it had been at the Battle of Gettysburg, it was shredded.
Welcome back to the USA!