Tropical Storm Elsa
09 July 2021 | Charleston S.C.
Torben & Judy Bentsen | Sunny and humid
Picking up the pole the next day
We had a number of folks reach out earlier in the week to make sure we were aware that we were in the path of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa.
We had the boat all tied down at the docks with plenty of wraps on the sails and extra mooring lines and fenders and felt pretty snug.
The storm hit at 2 in the morning with horizontal rain, non stop lightning and gusty winds. Fortunately the path was about 100 Miles inland, so while it was a bit bumpy the maximum wind we Judy saw on the anemometer was 42 knots, but in general the wind was just in the high 20's. And at 6 am we were down to 15 knots, and out taking Scuppers for her morning walk.
The rest of the day was dedicated to more boat work and to picking up our spinnaker pole in a borrowed truck from Selden Spars.