Take a ride with the RVYC J/109 crew onboard Astral Plane during the Southern Straits race from Vancouver to Parksville April 2nd 2010.
A 98.0 millibar low was forecast to power across the region during the start of the race and spread gale force SE winds. The wind never eased in the afternoon like it was suppose to. Max wind speeds at 1pm hit 55 knots, seas reached 6 meters and the top boat speed was 19.6 knots.
Astral was one of 10 sailboats to make it across the Strait into Nanaimo harbour. 50 boats turned back and didn’t attempt the crossing. Astral suffered minor damage including a blown traveller and ripped main. Others weren’t so lucky. A 30 foot boat named Incisor sank and thankfully, all 6 of her crew were pluked from frigid waters with the aid of a BC ferry.
Needless to say, the race was cancelled.