Originally Posted by barnakiel
Anybody here been thru such an event (white squall)?
If the sails
are down - will the rig stay or is it more serious and may blow away the rig too?
Yeah, I guess it was a white squall. We sailed from Mazatlan to Hiva Oa, while crossing the ITCZ we went through the squall line. Some were black, some were grey, one was white. We dodged many of them, we couldn't dodge them all. The white one was nasty but no big problem, we had 3 reefs
in the main and we would just roll up the genny when a squall hit us. It was like being inside a washing
machine, no time to check windspeed and barometer, just roll up the headsail and hang on.
We didn't have radar but you can smell them at night and they blot out the stars.