Insanely Wild Days

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Your post sent my mind a tripping back to a hairy on the North shore at 
Matinecock Point day maybe about three or four, possibly five years ago. 
We had a warm snap in the middle of the freezing February , which was 
followed by two days of lunatic Northwesterly clearing winds 
(24-26 Feb approx).

I will never forget the incredible roaring of the trees behind my home that 
day.  At least part of the challenge was getting there. Since so many trees 
were down, it was necesssary to drive round an assortment of trunks, limbs, 
and branches lying shattered in the road. Hopefully no big branches would 
fall and hit the car--eyes and ears peeled. "High Wind Advisories" were 
posted by NOAA for that day and anyone seeking it was not disappointed. In 
those days I had few people to sail with on Western LI sound so I often 
sailed the winter season solo, but a buddy did come along to watch.  The 
previous day a few hardy souls had gathered at Bayville for a warmer and much 
more easy-going 4.2 session, but that particular looney day I sailed at a 
place called East Beach in Glen Cove.  

As for the sailing, well, it was challenging to say the least, usually all, 
and often more, than my 3.5 could handle, plenty of bouts with aggro liquid 
smoke. But at least you had some warning and could see the gusts as they 
leapt across the water -- missile clouds on steroids.  Big Port ramps were 
unavoidable, and an adventure since i'm a Starboard tack guy.

More than a couple of times the experience was reduced to trying to hold the 
gear down on the water (if you could stop it from cartwheeling off) and wait 
for the mayhem to pass.  I've sailed "storms with names" that had less wind 
than that day--but isn't that often the case?.