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Old 18-10-2015, 12:31   #1
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Yesterday was like that here (storm)

While I was cutting branches on the big trees on my front yard trying to keep them on the ground these sailors were trying to keep their boats anchored in front of a beach at 5kms from my house (photos by Paulo Gloria).



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Old 18-10-2015, 13:03   #2
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That happened to me two weeks ago, right here in SF Bay!!! Freak wind storm in clear skies, 0 to 40 knots in 2 minutes, with much higher gusts. Highest winds I've seen in 55 years of boating. First time I ever saw wave tops being blown off. Managed to drag my anchor around the anchorage and nip into a slip. Scary *****. Lasted about an hour. A very, very long hour. Three guys on the dock were lifesavers once I managed to get my screamin' diesel to get the boat into the narrow slip.
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Dramatic pictures, Polux. Looks like the red boat was dragging.

Stu, good on ya for attaining shelter.

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Old 18-10-2015, 14:59   #4
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Yes, not taken by me but another Paulo

Dragging or not the good sand bottom and the shelter from the beach allowed them to stay there on the 6 or 7 hours that took the depression to pass. Three or 4 hours were really bad. Max registered gusts on the cape Carvoeiro (near by) were over 70k.
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70 k is hurricane force and I'm surprised that they would hold in winds that strong. Having said that those pics look very similar to a place we anchored in the Peloponnese area in southern Greece in April, similar look to the seas and we were getting a steady 40 knots with higher gusts.
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I did not said that the boats were under 70K gusts. I said, and confirm, that on the nearby cape they measured gusts over 70k Anyway it was wind capable of taking down big trees.

On the region many went down and I had a big pine tree on my front yard that was not taken down by luck. The soil beneath looked like to be subjected to a earthquake when huge gusts hit the tree.
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Dramatic pics...zooming in I notice that the skipper didn't bother furling long enough to wrap his sheets around his furled sail a few times as a precaution. Doing so is a handly practice to prevent the wind from sneaking under the edge and explosively unfurling the genoa, with catastrophic results. It's prudent to keep tension on the furling line while rolling in the sail (to keep the roll as tight as possible), and then roll a few turns of sheet around the sail before tightening everything down. To do otherwise is to risk your boat setting sail involuntarily in gales.

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I did not said that the boats were under 70K gusts. I said, and confirm, that on the nearby cape they measured gusts over 70k Anyway it was wind capable of taking down big trees.

On the region many went down and I had a big pine tree on my front yard that was not taken down by luck. The soil beneath looked like to be subjected to a earthquake when huge gusts hit the tree.
My mistake! Its a damn breezy day for sure!
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Great pics, looks like rotten weather.

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We were 50 miles south of this at the time. A tanker lost its anchor and went aground off Cascais marina. (Now re-floated)
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What is the yellow sail looking thing up in the rigging of the red boat? Remains of a ripped out main or am I seeing things?
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We were 50 miles south of this at the time. A tanker lost its anchor and went aground off Cascais marina. (Now re-floated)
And a French sailboat had to be helped (in Algarve) by the rescue life boat boat to be able to escape grounding in Olhão and they "had" to escort them to Faro. I wonder if these guys don't look at the weather report?

It was all there, the coast was under orange alert and most of the ports were closed.

Tomorrow it will be the time of Ireland and Scotland to be hit. Wednesday it will hit Norway and Thursday again Ireland and Scotland, then again Norway, then again and again all those countries till a really big one on the end of the month will hit not only those but France, North of Spain and North of Portugal. Really wild the North Atlantic this October.
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We were 50 miles south of this at the time. A tanker lost its anchor and went aground off Cascais marina. (Now re-floated)
Wow. I have a friend out of that marina currently competing in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. I hope there wasn't any spillage from the tanker.
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No spillage. Tanker was in ballast condition. Taken (to lisnave?) for repair.
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check out windytv.com .......kind of accurate I find....its one of the tree programs I use
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