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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Not so bad after all
29-Aug-2011, Peaks Island

Irene passed through last night, luckily a bit anti-climatic without any major apparent damage around here. While the scene of crashing waves at the back shore was impressive at high tide last night, wind speeds recorded by a weather buoy 12 nm SE of Portland stayed around 30 kn sustained with gusts up to 36 kn, which doesn't sound so bad (see picture above). Against expectations we got very little rain from Irene here but there were floodings further north (see cloud cover in picture below).

Now we hope that the Royal River (where Yankee Marina is located) does not get too much of that over the next 24 hours...

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Waiting for and with Irene
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.

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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.

A big thank you to the people at Yankee Marina who have done an amazing job, essentially working around the clock since Thursday to haul boats and anchor docks! Namani can be seen all the way to the right on the picture above.

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