Well, that was exciting. We were sailing without any reefs in the mainsail: the forecast wasn’t to go over 20 kts TWS (True Wind Speed). But the wind went from 15 to 25 AWS (Apparent Wind Speed), and the boat speed jumped to 22.2 knots SOG (Speed Over Ground)!
Dunbar was up here instantly, woke Rory and we put in 2 reefs. Now the wind has gone back to 15 or so but we’re still doing 10 knots SOG. Adrenaline gradually receding.
The forecast said the wind would be fading overnight. Apparently, the wind didn’t read the forecast.