Talking of the weather changing quickly................
At 12.00 hours on Friday, I was sat watching the sea (looking East into the Moray Firth), it was quite calm, with a bit of a swell and no breakers onto the beach. I was just thinking I could get Quicksilver out for an hour, when I saw a bit of 'weather' out to the North East.
My fish was hanging limp (I feel I must explain this - I have a small pole at the end of my garage and when I am at the house I put up a 'fish' shaped windsock so I can keep an eye on the wind), as there was hardly any wind.
About 12.05 hours I saw that the 'fish' had stirred a bit. I noticed that to the NE there were now a few breaking waves a couple of miles out.
By 12.10 hours the 'fish' was at 45 degrees and there were plenty of 'white horses'. By 12.15 hours, the sea was full of breaking waves, there were big breakers on the beach, the 'fish' was hanging on for its life and a squall had hit us hard.
The 'weather' lasted for about 2 hours, then disappeared just as quickly, then the day finished nice and clear.
Even Quicksilver and her intrepid (read thick headed) crew would have had a problem out in that.
Keith (watch out there's a squall about) Hart