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Year 10 Day 149 Another Whiteout

29 June 2017 | Simpson Bay Marina, Cole Bay, Sint Maarten
Dave/Rainy And Windy
As the weather out in the North Atlantic continues to be plagued by storms and nasty seas, our weather here is Sint Maarten has been remarkably nice. Tropical breezes blow over the hills and peaks that are to the east of us, carry across the lagoon, to arrive at our marina, keeping us, for the most part, very comfortable. At times, the winds do diminish and during some afternoons we have had to run the A/C in the salon. However, even during those hot and humid days, the evening almost always cools down and make for very pleasant sleeping conditions with just the suite's hatches opened.

Today was a bit different. One of the tropical waves, which are born every 3 or 4 days off of the coast of Northern Africa, arrived and struck with vengeance. We had been watching this sucker for the last 4 or 5 days as it marched its way towards us. Most of the tropical waves have been moving well to the south of us but this one had our name on it.

The intensity was remarkable and we knew we would be in for a dozy of a storm when we got up and saw the dark skies to the east of us. When it did strike, a whiteout occurred as the rain was so heavy we could not see the end of our finger pier just 20 feet in front of us. Not only was the rain so dense such that it wiped out any visibility but it lasted for a couple of hours. Normally, when we get a whiteout it only lasts for 15 to 30 minutes as the center of the storm moves on. However, this storm must have been so large that, with winds blowing 30 knots and water pouring from the skies, it continued on and on and on. It really was very impressive.

Since we were snug as bugs in a rug within our wonderful Leu Cat, we did not mind the deluge nor the high winds. However, the lighting and thunder was another matter. Nothing ever came close to us but we could hear the repeated roll of the thunder a few miles away.

After 6 hours of wind and rain the storm finally passed us by and by evening we were getting a very nice sunset. The monster had moved on and now Sint Maarten could begin the lengthy process of drying out.
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Vessel Name: Leu Cat
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 440
Hailing Port: Dana Point, CA
Crew: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
About: Our goals are to spend the next 10 to 15 years cruising around the world and sharing this adventure with family and friends.
Extra: S/V Leu Cat is Lagoon 440 rigged for blue water sailing. It is 44 feet long with a 25 foot beam
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