Here in Lake Pontchartrain we get a lot of thunderstorms that blow thru here. Some of the winds can be very scary. the last time I sailed was in 1994 and even then I knew my sailing skills were lacking and without any training..
Today I was sailing my flying Scot for the first time and one of those thunderstorms started to roll-in. I really wasn't sure what I should do. but this is what I did not knowing if it was the right thing or not...I chose to sail away from the land and away from the
long bridge that crosses Lake Pontchartrain. As the winds started to build up I took the sail down and wrapped as much as I could on it
the boom with just a few feet of sail still in the mask... the boat was still moving. I took a plastic bucket and tied a rope to it and thru it overboard acting like a sea anchor slowing the boat down.. None of this was easy with the wind and waves beating me up... But I managed. Was this the right thing to do or not. can you
tell me what should I do the next thunderstorm blows thru?