This Challenge Was Extreme

"Just after the turning mark we were hit by a thunderstorm with a 50-knot gust front ó survived that well by feathering up a little, we saw a microburst coming right at us approximately 50 yards in diameter, it was blasting water 15 feet in the air from the down force. Nowhere to go, when the burst hit, it had a 60-degree windshift and auto-tacked the boat lifting the main hull free of the water, Iím estimating 40 to 50 degrees of heel, it hovered there a moment and rounded up, next we found ourselves going backwards at about 5 knots."

 (Submitted by Noel Tue Mar 16, 2004 )


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