* VIDEO * Line Squall Hits our Wednesday Night Around the Bouys Race

It was a beautiful summer July Wednesday night at the Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga near Toronto, on Lake Ontario.  About 25 or so boats came out to what was going to be another routine Wednesday night race, at least we thought. Great fun, turned in to even greater fun. Due to a line squall that hit the fleet.

It was pretty predictable for those that have been through one of these a few times. A dark cloud was quickly approaching, the wind completely died, then veered a full 180 degrees, the temperature dropped 5 degrees, and then it hit us. 30 knot winds sustained, gusting to almost 40 knots at times.

With the wind shifting a full 180 degrees after the first go around, the finish turned out to be an up wind finish. With boats tacking up wind, in heavy winds for the finish, it proved to be a tricky race, and just a little dangerous.

Have a look at this video it will prove to be both interesting and entertaining.


s/v Black Diamond

With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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