During the hurricane that "almost" hit the Great Lakes
I have to admit that I went out for a short sail before the high winds came (I was younger
foolish). As I noted, those were about 10ft waves trough to crest.
What struck me was that they were NOT the typical square waves that I was used to in Lake Ontario
during a big wind
but long rollers with a fairly long period. I think it because the wind
hadn't picked up yet (perhaps 20kt) they were coming in from Rochester to Toronto and had an opportunity to lose some of their power.
I anyway, everyone at the club thought we were suicidal but I had a ball
. We only sailed for 30 minutes or so and then returned to the club to triple tie the boats to the docks.