Day 15: The Gale
A major cold front is predicted for early evening so we target Still Pond for a
late afternoon anchorage. At 1800, the USCG Search and Rescue (SAR) station at Still Pond inspects us. Our two years of preparedness pay off. We get
a 100%. USCG goes to other boats with maybe less than favorable results.
The front passes at 2000 with sustained "near gale" force winds (30-35 kts)
for most of the night. The next morning four boats have slipped anchor and are
hard aground. Ten fathoms of chain and a 44 lbs. Bruce anchor keep us steady.
Back to Jule III Home.
- Mr. Navigator: The ever cautious navigator
watches radar, GPS, and WX information. What's on Fox TV?
- Waiting for the Rain: We are prepared
for the showers preceding front. However, we remain dry.
- The Aftermath: Four boats are aground. All
look like they sustained heavy damage. God is with us again!
- Leaving Still Pond: We leave Still Pond with
15-20 kts winds from the NW. Initially jib alone, then jib with main.
We are too lazy to raise the mizzen.