was also heading into the Manly marinas
when the gust struck. I estimate that the gust reached 60 -70 kts, sustained for 30-60 seconds, coming in from the west. 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.
A number of boats were damaged in the marina that day, approx 50 I understand. One of our neighbours Pepper Two was ripped out of the berth and hang by a single
stern line. RIBs were seen in rigging
etc. It was lucky that no-one was hurt (to my knowledge at least).