|Aboard the Great Lakes 70 Windancer, Rob Canis (foreground) and John "Boz" Bousfield track an approaching storm. For more photos, click here.|
I took in the spectacle from the deck of the Great Lakes 70 Windancer, which, like several hulls in this 6-boat fleet, is a Bill Lee-designed Santa Cruz 70. Skipper Sam Nedeau had invited me along as a dedicated media crewmember. Lucky for me, the racing crew came up one short this morning, so I received a promotion to actual crewmember and helped-- or at least tried to help-- with the runners. As the storm approached from the northwest, the sky turned a pale yellow and the clouds swirled overhead in ominous fashion, sending down blasts of warm, then cold, air. The waves never built, but we saw a few microbursts on the water and heard tornado warnings over the radio. I was foolish enough to stay on deck during the hardest downpour, putting my faith in an inadequate foul-weather jacket. As my reward, I got to spend the remainder of the day squirming around in wet clothing.