I just bought my new boat about a week ago. I got her out on the water today, around 12pm. I had a good 3+ hours of sailing on Lake Lanier in GA. As I approached a narrow passage going towards the main part of the lake, I hit a wind funnel. A gust broadsided my 13 foot boat, I immediately knew what was happening, I released the jib, turned into the wind, but was too slow. Her mast hit the water, at that point I knew I was taking a cold cold bath. Like an idiot I was not wearing my life vest, but quickly grabbed it and hopped into the wet, trying to avoid a lot of lose lines that could drag me down. She went fully upside down, I was in the water for about 2 minutes before I was able to pull myself up onto her bottom side. I sat for about 5 minutes before I saw a pontoon passing, I was able to wave him down. He and 2 other boats came to my aide, collecting all of my gear floating in the water. Once they started helping, I corrected my boat right side up, and hoped on a wonderful man's 23 foot Chapparal SSi, I think his name was John, but the adrenaline and cold make me unsure if that is correct. "John" was a sailor himself and had been in my situation before, he was super nice and very helpful. He towed me about 4 or 5 miles back to the boat launch. Everything in the boat survived except some binoculars and my phone. All in all it was an amazing day of sailing, even with the tipping. I feel like I got some great experience and am not dismayed to get back out there tomorrow. Just wanted to share my story with people I figure could appreciate it.
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