Well this happend just today. It was no big storm, nor big seas, it was the strangest thing I have ever seen. It was almost a "Burmuda Triangle" type incident.
Dawn and I were on our way back in from a weeked out. It was blowing a 25-30kts all weekend. Which wasn't exactly what the forcast had said, but oh well. Anyways, we were getting into the inner sound area and the wind
had dropped to a lovely 15-20kt and I had just the Genoa
up and was doing a real cracking pace of 8-9kts. But up ahead was the stragest site I had ever seen and ever experianced. It was a ring of very violent looking water
. The ring was an almost perfect circle and I would estimate it as being about 100m across. The water was being wipped into a frenzy with little waves leaping a good 3ft into the air, and this frenzy being about a 10m band and yet dead still and calm in the inside of this circle. I couldn't quite work out what the heck was going on till I realised it was a very strong wind
causing it. By then it was too late and we were into it. The wind strength was unbelievable. I don't know what it was but it knocked us right over. That has never happend before and we have taken some mighty gusts. But the really strange thing was that the wind had done a compleate 180degree direction change and that is what knocked us down. As fast as I was turning the boat out of it, the more it was spinning me around and driving the bow down. I did one compleate 180degree turn with the boat on it's side through out. The wind went in one complete circle all the way around this frenzied water. It was like some giant whirlwind. We poped out the side of it ruffly right where we went in but now going the opposite direction. It had ripped the Genoa
Car off the side of the boat. But this is the freaky part, it had taken a piece of T track with it. It had sheared two bolts and the T track clean through and I had this car smashing against the window. Luckily it didn't break the glass, but the blows were so hard I still don't know how it didn't.
Dawn and I managed to fight the furler
and get the genoa in and we rounded up and headed through and out the other side of this thing. This "thing" remained boiling the water for a good 10minutes or more till we moved away far enough to have it disapear from site.
If I ever see anythinglike that again, I'm staying well away from it.