We are just back from a small trip in our home waters to get some summer swimming and Salish Sea time before school
starts. All this was true, but we got an unexpected gift of an unforecasted storm with 54 knot
winds as we attempted to return home. It was high drama in one area, with a rescue
helicopter and rescue
boats helping some poor soul, and the conditions were bad enough to have anyone not in a very large boat
thinking twice about the choice to be boating
It was a reminder that every day we go out, we have to anticipate that the conditions may be far, far worse than forecasted. In this case, the NWS forecast
was for south 5-15 knot
winds. And building in the afternoon to 15-25. Normal summer conditions that make for lovely sailing.
Instead we got this storm with sustained 30-40 and gusts to 54 against a strong ebb and confused currents, creating some of the worst conditions I have ever seen in thousands of miles of cruising the Salish Sea all year long.
Were any of you out around Sucia island on Sunday morning of 8/21? You'd have a story to tell.
I give a bit more detail on my blog: Stories of Aeolus- Our Gulf 32 Pilothouse
I was grateful for having just a done a major fuel tank
repair and clean out, as the washing
machine conditions would have plugged any filter on any boat
without an impeccable tank!
Keep the keel
side down out there.