We have taken lessons and are up to date with the terminology and parts/ functions of our vessel. No problem grasping the principles of the aerodynamics as they pertain to sailing and have experience in navigation
. What we have been working on is the hands on part and getting the feel for the vessel, for example ,we know it is better or advisable to reef prior to leaving the dock
, but we want to see what it is to do it in a less than ideal situation once underway. Have worked on MOB
maneuvers, techniques, anchoring
Now as far as getting underway and docking
without the use of a motor… well that is going to be a challenge where we are, I am sure it is not impossible but I have to walk before I can run.
For Katrina we sailed to a back bay then onto the Bayous, there we enter the canals witch have 6ft depth
, though we rubbed several times with our 41/2 ft draft
- these are uncharted waters. Once there you find several young trees (about 1ft diameter) that have some flex and wrapped chains to the bases where we tied. We doubled lines (double braided ¾” nylon) and secured the vessel across the canal with 100 ft of line fore and aft. What ever could be removed was secured below deck
, and tied the heck out of everything else that moved or thought of moving, the main sail remained on but very tightly wrapped and secured, others removed. We gave her our last blessings and hoped for the best.
She survived the 45 ft tidal surge 15 ft waves and 160 + mph winds … Long Beach, our home port is gone, as are Bay St Louis, Waveland, Pass Christian… Total devastation, pictures and videos do not come close to telling the story, having survived and suffered the greatest force mother nature dealt us, it is still difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the destruction (we are still finding bodies in the rubble). A sign erected in Pass Christian puts it very eloquent “Move over Camille, the Bitch Katrina is here and she is Pissed”
Here are some views of Katrina’s aftermath …