So …. my wife and I were happily cruising along Lake Koocanusa, with a full ballast, doing about 3 knots somewhere between a close haul and a beam reach. Full main and jib out in slight chop with a relaxing 5’ish degree lean when we suddenly go over to a full 25 degrees. I steered away from the wind and we went over another 5 degrees until the wind was astern and we came back up. There were no tell tale wind cues that I could see, no white caps and no ugly advancing ripple line. Any advice on how to avoid this in the future?? Should I have steered into the wind or quickly released the boom to allow it to swing out thereby “dumping wind”? I usually don’t pack enough underwear for many events like this and TBH…it doesn’t make me love sailing. It was kind of like the famous line from Jurassic Park: “Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts. Then later there’s running and screaming.”
Mountain lakes can be gusty and can be aloft and not visible on the surface. We’re always ready on the mainsheet to give it a ‘fisherman’s reef’
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Welcome to the home of the Macgregor Yacht Club of British Columbia. We are a group of present and past Macgregor Yacht and Tattoo Yacht owners. Most of our members are in British Columbia, Canada, although we do have members from other places in Canada and the USA.
We organize on and off the water activities for owners of Macgregor and Tattoo boats; regattas, cruises, flotillas and our annual all member get together ‘MacRendezvous’. Members share tips, ideas, and hard-come-by knowledge about how to maximize the joy of owning these wonderfully affordable boats.
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