Originally Posted by boatman61
More recently.. June 05 I was about 60 miles W of Flores soloing a Hunter37c to to the UK when a big low caught about 30 of us out there..
Did not even bother heaving to just dropped everything and battened down for 4 days.. high winds, huge seas and nonstop rain that cut visibility to maybe 200 metres..
Boy was I glad it stopped when it did and the horizon opened.. Flores was dead ahead about 5 miles distant with 100 waterfalls cascading off her cliffs from all the rain.. another 1/2 day and I'd has been bits off plastic scattered on the rocks.
No damage topside.. still had the dinghy
on the coach roof despite watching green water
sweep overhead and the occasional toss by a breaking wave.. on one I was pitched over the table to land on the opposite berth.
The lanterns were swinging well in Peters, Horta when we all got in with tales to tell.. a few blown sails
.. coupla masts lost
but thankfully all survived.
Interesting thanks. Reminds me of a fun big friend of mine, who sails
, wood masted boat which is similar to Gypsy
Moth IV in terms of design. She's currently moored in NZ. He bought her 15 years ago with no knowledge of sailing, and sailed her from Oz to his native Holland
solo, thence deciding to do a solo nonstop circumnav. During that, in the Southern ocean, he was rolled through six times in one storm, and describes walking around his saloon
as if it were a crazy fairground ride, from sole to sole via the headlining. Amazingly not dismasted, but the heavy lowish aspect wood masts held by steel
ensured that, plus the fact that he was ahull and no canvas
. Best thing about that boat is its Gardner engine
, which sounds like old London bus and takes half a minute to die off once killed. It predates the mid 60s hull
by at least a decade!