It’s Still Blowing
28 December 2018 | ad
We had debated moving from here on Thursday afternoon in search of better protection from the southeast winds. Early in our stay the winds were from the east and we were nicely tucked in close to shore with great protection, however, once they veered south east it opened up a 1/2 mile fetch to the beach. A couple of boats had moved south of here to what we thought would be a better spot so we waited for news from them. As it turns out the grass isn't always greener on the other side. They found their anchorage extremely uncomfortable from a strange swell running through the area and ended up moving again in search of calmer water. Paul kept in radio contact with them throughout the day in the event they found a great spot. Unfortunately, when the tide went out it left one of the boats aground, we're still awaiting an update but believe that everything is ok.
As a result of the day's events we elected to stay put and ran out a bit more chain, checked everything was secure and hunkered down for the evening. The wind was always over 23-25 knots with gusts to 30+, however, whenever a rain squall rolled through the gusts increased dramatically. Since the waves didn't have too much time to build off the beach they were never more than 2 feet, however, the max wind gusts exceeded 40 knots. The boats danced around quite a bit on their anchor chains but everyone seemed to hold ok and were where they were supposed to be when daylight arrived. The new snubber I had made in Florida got quite a workout but, it certainly cushioned the pull on the anchor chain. Although the boat rode fairly well it was the noise that kept us awake for part of the night but all in all we had a fairly good sleep. Although the heavy rain squall brought strong winds they also gave the boat a good wash. One disadvantage of a dark hull is the salt spray gets baked on the hull but I think today it should be nice and clean.
Black Point is a popular cruiser's stop for many reasons, one of the must do's is to buy fresh bread from Lorraine's Mother. She bakes various kinds every day but everyone's favorite is her coconut bread. This morning we made French toast with it topped with my nephew Mark's homemade maple syrup.
Today's picture shows how strong the winds were last night, checkout 2 Outrageous's broken anchor snubber.