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At Dungeness the wind was 35 knots NORTH S E A GALE 2 Synoptic charts covering Sorth Sea gale. 35 H E A V Y FVEATHER S A I L I N G (Force 8) sustained from 0900 on Saturday evening till 1700 on Sunday. At Calshot, Hants, and Spurn Head, Yorkshire, it reached about 43 knots (Force 9). Many vessels were in distress round the coasts. as mean of Force 8 for a few hours, falling on Sunday morning to Force 7, as recorded at Calais at 0700. The frontal squalls when I hove Annette could have been anything up to 50 or 60 knots, possibly bringing the mean to up to Force g on the Beaufort scale for an hour or so.
Genuine pooping is a very rare thing indeed and I have experienced it only twice in a lifetime. 2. Danger Downwind. z a m started in sheltered waters under the lee of the land and running downhill, so to speak, the strengthening of the wind and the increase in the sea was gradual as the fetch increased. IVith a folloiving wind the temptation is to carry on, whereas with a strong headwind the going is so rough that H E A V Y IVEATHER S A I L I N G the temptation is to turn back. Once, when my wife and I were at Keyhaven in a westerly gale, three canoeists set out for Lymington.
I t was about half-way down when the blast hit us and what a draught it was! I t was a tough job getting the rest of the sail down and lashed to the boom, but the crew did splendidly, How glad I was for our permanent gallows; I kept heading up into the wind as close as I dared to see how she took it. We were heading in the wrong direction, but no one worried about that.