Originally Posted by Richard Woolfe
There were at least 10 boats in the confined channel after the WAGS race
, including Black Jack Two. All the yachts were motoring slowly due to the low visibility from driving rain, and the fact that yachts at the head
of the queue were manoeuvring into their berths. The gust came in at roughly 90 deg from the 30kt wind
associated with the storm. All yachts in the channel lost
control due to the suddenness of the gust, and absolute mayhem resulted. Our boat
was driven into two concrete mooring
piles, sustaining major damage to the deck
forward of the port side shrouds. Another boat
spun past us hitting a number of moored boats. I looked back to see Black Jack up on the sand near the north side break wall. A group of boys in sailing dingys fished themselves out of the water
, boats damaged, mast
snapped on at least one.
Sorry to hear of your damage Richard but I have to wonder why always the mad rush by many to get in amongst pylons and rocks as the front hits?
Having been through a few of these "Wednesday afternoon storms" over the years we usually just stayed out and motored around between Wellington Point and the leads keeping away from boats, rocks and pylons as the front usually only took a few minutes to blow through and you could motor head
and if control was lost
there is plenty of bay and deep water
to blow back into.