We Dodged A Bullet
23 August 2009 | Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squardon
Bob, Bill has passed and now the NWrly is blowing pretty hard
The first rain band went through at 06:45 this morning, rather uneventful but harbinger of what was to come. The wind started building in intensity around 08:30 and by mid morning we were ready to get off the boat. Our dock neighbors the Campbell's had offered us a place to stay and it just happened that Collin was down checking his boat as we were heading for the club to wait it out. The club was locked so we piled into their truck and off we went to their home on Ship Lane. The wind was easterly and building. Collin and I went down to an Atlantic lookout and I figured it was 50 to 60 knots; hard to stand up, rain stinging your face and believe it or not people were out there in shorts and tee shirts to see the waves. It was very uncomfortable in our foul weather gear and these people were in flip-flops and flimsy shirts. Once they felt the full force of the storm they had second thoughts, crazy.
We are now back aboard Lucky Bird and the wind is howling from the NW but the sun is poking through the clouds and Bill is history for this area. The serge was later than predicted and came after high tide pretty much eliminating the chance of floating the docks up over the pilings. Lucky Bird stayed put, all the lines did just what they were supposed to do and we are pleased. It's not over completely but the storm is now well on its way to Cape Brenton and Newfoundland.
Later today we will start the reassembly process and then start watching for our opportunity to continue westward. Thank you very much Sue and Collin for you hospitality. We may just see you in the Virgins in January.
Good by Bill!!