A few years ago I thought a storm on Portage Lake in the U.P. of Michigan was going around us, wrong again. There we were all of a sudden in the middle of the lake in 50+ winds with full sail up. Of course the throat halyard would not come down, the way my luck runs. All that we could do was loosen the gaff halyard and it was fling like a flag straight back. Luckily I started my old 2 cycle 4 horse Johnson on the fourth or fifth pull and was able to motor to the lee shore in what seamed like a life time just as the wind stopped. Being able to motor against that wind I'm sure, if the sail had been taken down earlier like I should have been, this storm would have been no problem. With the sail up it made it a hand full keeping the bow into the wind using both the motor and the rudder to steer the boat. This I hope was one of those learning experiences that I will remember and not have to go through again. We tied up to the first dock we came to and caught our breath. The dock owners came out of there cabin and could not believe we came out of that storm. Don't worry about that Sun Cat it can live through lots of stuff, just stick with it and she will get you home safe.