Windy in the Windward Passage

Newport Beach’s Devan Mullins must have been going through old photos, because he recently sent us a photo of the Wanderer at the helm of Latitude’s Big O from back in 1996. We don’t normally wear a swimming mask when driving, but it was gusting up to 49 knots in the Windward Passage between Haiti and Cuba, and the rain drops were stinging our eyeballs.

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This raises the question, when was the last time it was blowing so hard that you had to wear a swim mask when you were outside? Please limit your replies to 250 words. A photo would be nice too.

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