19 Nov Tropical Squals
This is what trouble looks like in the tropics at sea. Winds locally can be up to 35 knots or more and the rain torrential. They tend to form in the early evening and build into the night. And therein lies the rub. You can’t see them coming.
They are visible on radar if you’re watch-keeping with radar. Don’t have the electrical capacity to run the radar with guard zones set. For us, discretion is the better art of valour and we reduce sail at night just so we don’t get caught with our pants down.
They also have a habit of altering the normal trade winds in their immediate vicinity. If one of these guys runs you over, you will be left wallowing in a big wind hole as the trades take their sweet time to fill back in.
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