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William McCoy, retired U.S. Army Chaplain, and Cape Dory enthusiast, on the Cape Dory Typhoon:
So a gentle storm was "a-brewin" from the west, moving onto our lake for one day this week. The winds were estimated to be all over the map, from 10 to 20, to as much as 17 to 30kts. All sorts of wind variations were indicated. It is nearly the end of December and the Yacht Club is deserted but for a few hearty folks who scoff at the wind and set sail anyway. Like a friend said years ago, "if it were easy, everyone would be out sailing today...!"
I figured there was just this one day of good sailing in the next week or so, then Christmas holidays would require family visiting and travel and demands would keep BaggyWrinkles on her trailer. So a trip to the club was in order despite the forecast.
Winds were forecast to be out of the West-SouthWest, just perfect conditions for making it back to our cove in safety if it proved more stormy than enjoyable. However, looking at the photo below, you'd think no one in their right mind would want to be in that weather! Even the lake was transformed into a dark lava looking surface strafed with lines of white left by heavy gusts.
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