Andy, I think you made a good call bailing today.
My boat was already in the water when we spoke, and Gareth talked me into going out anyway. It was blowing a hooley, reasonably calm down Southampton Water on the way out, rough heading west in the solent, so I turned round and went east, into the path of the homecoming round the island yachts. What a sight!
It was no rougher than conditions I've been in before, but I took loads of air today coming into the wind! I even nearly flipped it off of one wave that came from nowhere
A gust of wind coincided with the takeoff just at the wrong moment! And I was being so careful - only doing 17 kn or so. Me thinks I need a bit of bow ballast.