Now we're on our sailboat sitting in a marina in Gloucester, Virginia. We are slowly learning that the TV weather guys deserve our FULL attention.
Yesterday, the TV weather guys started early - "Due to high temperatures and an approaching storm system, thunderstorms are expected to be strong this afternoon."
I'm pretty sure we heard that but later in the day it was reinforced by a "Strong Thunderstorm Warning". Not feeling any rain and seeing a lot of blue sky we thought little of it and settled down to relax for the afternoon. Minutes later we heard thunder and looked out to see a black sky in the distance, full of lighting.
We quickly shut down and unplugged the computer, turned off the TV and disconnected the antennas that are on top of the 76 foot tall mast. Then the storm was on us. Someone clocked the winds at 56 knots (that's 64 mph) and all of the boats were dancing in their berths. Some were gracefully pulling on their lines, others boats slammed less gracefully against the dock. We looked up from our cockpit to see THROUGH our sun canopy - it was coming apart in the strong wind. When the storm had finally passed we went out to survey the damage and clean up. Our sun cover and tarp were both gone, shredded to pieces. We spent the next hour cutting away what was left.
We really can't complain, the tarp was cheap and the canvas sun cover was 15 years old. It had served us well but we were already pretty sure it was finished after this season. Other boats were not so lucky. This guy did not put away his roller-furling jib very well and he's obviously paid the price. OUCH!
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