The Eye of the Storm
11 September 2021 | Little Bay, Marystown, Newfoundland, Canada
Last night, the eye of Hurricane Larry passed by, as it transitioned to a Post Tropical Cyclone. I was docked in Little Bay, Marystown, and it was interesting.
In the forecast picture, I'm just a little up and to the right of the blue eye (the colors indicate wind speed, as do the arrows).
There was good protection from all directions except north, where there was a couple of miles of fetch. It didn't seem like we would get any north, based on the forecast track, and we didn't.
I had several dock lines tying me to the stout wooden wharf. My boat was tied facing north. The expected winds were East, then West--side winds. East winds pushed the boat away from the dock, and were not a concern.
West winds pushed the boat onto the dock, and were forecast to start shortly after high tide. I was quite concerned about the possibility of being blown on top of the wharf, if there was enough flooding to allow the boat to float on top of the wharf. With some help, I ran a line about 200m across the bay to a rock to help hold the boat away from the dock.
Around midnight, the water level kept rising and went over the wharf, and flooded the road ashore (which was closed). A smaller boat did get pushed onto the wharf, but two people were able to push it off. Fortunately, the line across the bay pulled my boat enough that it couldn't get onto the wharf, and then the water level began falling rapidly, which was a relief to see. At that point, there was just a strong wind pushing me against the wharf, which was handled well by the (many) fenders.
So all was well at the dock, and no boats had any damage. And since the excitement was all around midnight, it was too dark to take pictures :)