And after ...
29 August 2011 | New Bedford, Mass.
CURLEW made it through the storm without a scratch. Quite a few boats here sustained serious damage though. Some of it due to lack of preparation, but some due to sheer bad luck. I saw a brand-new and well-prepared 46 ft Hylas on a mooring being hit by a boat that broke loose from its mooring. The Hylas ended up against the bulkhead of the marina and was later salvaged by Towboat/US. Another Hylas that was on a mooring ended up on the rocks. A large Bristol (?) and later a small sailboat hit the big powerboat that was docked against the marina's breakwater. A Cherubini (?), an Esprit 37 and a steel Trewes ketch ended up on the pilings of a neighboring marina early in the storm. The Cherubini lost both its masts, and the Trewes pounded the Esprit until it sank. All three boats were salvaged (the Esprit lifted) the next day. Numerous other boats sustained serious damage. Several boats on moorings dragged into other boats. Some of the docks in the marina disintegrated, and the whole marina would have been destroyed if the storm had lasted much longer or had been worse. I clocked sustained 45k with gusts over 60 during the first half of the storm. It got worse after 1400. When I started to worry that the marina itself might be at risk, I took all important papers and vital personal belongings off the boat and stayed ashore. I had done everything to prepare Curlew and there was nothing further I could do. I was concerned that the main floats of the marina that protected Curlew from the swell in the harbor would break up. So I did not get windspeed readings during the worst of the storm, but I guess the gusts must have exceeded 70 k at some time. The swell was the bigger problem though. When the wind turned from the SSE to the S and SSW the fetch in the harbor caused a swell in the marina of 3 feet or more. Fortunately, after 1700 the wind had clocked further to the SW and the swell abated. I moved back on board and from then on it started to calm down.
I put some dramatic pictures of the storm in the Photo Gallery on the side bar.
Today was a beautiful sunny and quiet day. I spent all day putting Curlew back together again. Out of here tomorrow.