We are only fresh water sailors for now. We are going to Vancouver Island in may to do our ispa courses, comp crew and day skipper
. Would love to trailer to the coast for a few weeks sailing but probably won't have the boat or us up to speed until the 2017 summer.
Sounds like a hell of a day in those winds!! But you and the boat survived so all is well. Our worst so far wasn't even close to that.
Two weeks ago we were out with a friend, his gf and her son. A freak storm blew in fast. It hit us on a close, haul tipped us to about 45 and we rounded up. Allison(my wife) was on the tiller and had never experienced that before. She handled it well and put us downwind. My and my buddy dropped sails
and got the motor
going. Started driving into the wind to the closest sheltered area. Then watched a hobbie cat capsized. We had 6-7 foot breaking waves. This in a lake 30' deep so waves were very close together.my outboard
was alternating between fully out of the water and fully submerged. We got over to the guy and pulled him aboard. It took about 45 min before he was settled enough to even tell us his name. No real injuries but definitely in shock. After it calmed down we went to rescue
his boat.( I will never do that again) It took a couple hours to flip it and his sails were still powered up so it came up and sailed right to us and flipped on top of our poor little boat. Luckily it didn't hurt any of us or out boat. By this time his yacht club had come out to get him, so we handed him and his boat over and headed for our marina.
By this point we were all soaked, the gf was blind drunk, her kid was freaked! Me, Allison and my buddy were taking turns at the tiller and all shivering cold. Then we spotted an upside down hull
in the dark!! We did about 6 laps searching for people while calling 911. Didn't find anyone thankfully. The motor was not staying on at low idle so we left it to the pros to deal with and limped home( another 30 min or so)
The next morning we heard reports of another 8 boats capsized, mostly small crafts, and winds in the sheltered marina were 28 knts. I have no idea what they were out in the middle of the lake. Not once was I concerned that our San Juan was in any way not fully capable to handle it. Although I did find out that the Po put the cock pit drains together with silicone:@ Over the course of the night it amounted to about 20-25 L of water we pumped out so not too bad. That repair got bumped to the top of the list;-)
When I tell friends that story, they tell me I'm crazy, especially since I consider it such a fun night! I probably shouldn't repeat yours to them.
Long live San Juan's!!