Thursday, 14 April 2011

Waterspouts


Today was the strangest day of pre-race training I have ever done. We set out with a very definite plan, to train with the code zero in different pole position, check the mast rake and to run through the code 5/heavy 5.

So we left the marina after the usual Italian “20 minute” I think the rest of us call it 2 hours but, ‘when in Rome”.

As soon as we got out to open water a monster of a cloud came rolling down from the hills and huge waterspouts appeared, I’ve seen a fair few waterspout but nothing like this before (a waterspout is a rotating column of water and spray formed by a whirlwind occurring over the sea or other body of water.) It was really impressive but quite eerie, with the spouts came the usual high winds, thunder and lightening. We dropped the main and ran away as fast as we could.

As soon as the spouts passed we were stuck with torrential rain and no breeze at all. This resulted in us being stranded with a very confused sea state not really getting anywhere. The wind changed and allowed us to use on of the sails we wanted to test. So not a complete waste of time, and we manage to test reefing.

The best news of the day was my luggage arrived. Go Iberia!

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