Originally Posted by SSgtPitt
We’re leaving Monday from CCTX to Pensacola in a cutter rigged 36’ Cape Dory
Monday after 10am winds die down and seas reduce. It seems there’s a brief period Fri night and Saturday for gale force winds and high seas again East of the MS Delta. Hopefully we’ll be in Pensacola Friday.
I’m figuring CCTX to MS Delta 3 days then one day to Pensacola.
At least that’s what Marine
Weather, Windy, Predict Wind
and NOAA says.
Let me tell you what actually happened. We left Monday morning as planned from Corpus Christi with a pretty direct route
to the MS Delta. Immediatly after leaving the protection of the bay the seas got heavy and continued to do so for the next 4 days. We stayed in the outer most safety
fairway so we were pretty far out.
Winds gusting to 30+ knots, seas in excess of 8’, at several pojnts our altimeter said we were 16’ above and below sea level. Waves breaking over the bow kept us wet the entire trip. The occasional ** wave would slam the side of the boat, flood the cockpit
and soak us.
We were wet, cold and miserable for 4 days. No one slept, no one ate, 3 out 4 of us were sea sick and the interior
of the boat was a shambles as everything that could fall onto the floor did, every thing that could clang or bang did, the staysail ripped and had to be lowered from the mast
during heavy breaking seas and both anchors banged and banged and banged in the bow sprit.
The safest and least scary place was in the cockpit
watching the boat safely ride up and down these monster swells.
We turned off our course and made landfall at Grand Isle, LA at the Sand Dollar Marina. We spent 4 days there making repairs
up. My two adult kids
said we were crazy and left us for Colorado, I didn’t blame them.
The bright side of this is we made it. I learned a lot for better planning and not to get so far out to sea that we can’t turn in for a rest and the Sand Dollar Marina is a small slice of heaven and Jimmy takes care of his guests.
I also learned to take better wet weather gear
, wool rules, wool socks have a place on the boat no matter what and your partner in the cockpit needs to be warm amd comfortable while you’re at the helm
despite breaking waves into the cockpit.
No one told us that November was hell in the Gulf until after we left.