On the return trip, the weather deteriorated as we neared Montauk. The weather data showed frontal activity moving rapidly from east to west. During the night and early morning, rumblings of thunder warned of incoming weather. The day cleared to low clouds spotted with squall lines and flashes of lightning. Then the sail changes began. We started with the A2 spinnaker, then went to jib top/genoa staysail combination. After scudding along at 18 knots of boat speed at 128 degrees true in 28 knots of wind, we put in a reef in order to achieve our desired heading. It was a heinous and blustery day. The winds had peaked at 38 knots, the rain was thick and torrential. It was under these conditions that the Vanquish crew, warm in their Gill Ocean gear, cruised home to Newport under a double-reefed main and No. 4 jib.