Waiting for and with IreneMarkus
28-Aug-2011, Peaks Island
Now back on Peaks Island awaiting the passage of what is now Tropical Storm Irene, together with Nana's sister Irene, their mother and Nicky's cousin Pearl. The picture above was taken on Peaks Island's back shore at low tide, about 4 hours before the forecasted closest point of approach of Irene.
Out of the frying pan and into the coals...Nana & Markus
27-Aug-2011, Yarmouth, Maine
No sooner did we have Namani ready to sail again, than we had her hauled again to sit out Irene on the hard. While forecasted wind strength has gone down a bit after Irene made her first landfall in the Carolinas, we fear that any safe anchorage will be overcrowded as there are hardly any boats left on their moorings in Casco Bay. All marinas seem to have cleared and pulled out their docks. In fact the ferry ride back to Peaks Island where we will sit out Irene was almost eerie: Not a single boat in sight in Casco Bay on a sunny and windy Saturday afternoon.
On the Water!Markus
24-Aug-2011, Casco Bay, Maine
We were finally able to take Namani for a first test sail down to Peaks Island today. Some gusty winds around a passing cold front but everything seems to work fine. Now the big question is what hurricane Irene will be doing as current forecasts have her track right through New England. Originally we thought to hunker down in some safe bay but after the latest forecast we'll probably have Namani hauled out again before Irene's arrival on Sunday.
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Namani at Sea Impression