Gregg Henning, vice commodore of the Racine Yacht Club, was aboard his Goombay Smash on Sunday night about seven miles from the finish line in the waters of Green Bay when a squall came upon his crew.
It was, Henning believes, the same squall that hours later struck sailboats competing in the Race to Mackinac on the east end of Lake Michigan, killing two sailors.
Here's the "WTF??" line:Within moments, he recalled in an interview Tuesday morning, he saw a funnel cloud. Though the waters were relatively calm, the waterspout descended on his boat and quickly overturned the 20-foot sailboat.
When I was crewing on Michigan, my skipper emphasized, thousands of times, that it is very foolish to sail less than a 30-footer on Michigan.
Time for a trade-in, Mr. Henning.