Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hurricane Earl - Noon Update

Monday, Aug 30, 2010: I just had a phone call from someone to see how we are doing.  That's really nice! (ooohh, we just had some thunder and Willow is wondering if it is time to run and hide) He is watching Hurricane Earl on TV and was concerned.  He was very surprised when I told him we were having 15 knots of wind and that St Thomas has a bit more.

Right now we are having a slight squall but when he called we might have only had 5 knots.  I'M NOT COMPLAINING!

We never consult PassageWeather.com or WindGuru.com anymore.  Last year when we were trying to make a decision about two possible named storms they were WRONG.  They showed that the storm would pass to the north, for example, instead of it passing south which it did and based on their prediction we would have been going into the storm... not a good thing to do :)

So, just for fun, I looked at what they have to say... Currently we have between 10 and 15 knots.

Here, WindGuru says we should be having 35 knots of wind with gusts to 43.  It's been pretty much like any other day except it is from the wrong direction.

This is the 11am (AST) prediction which shows St Croix in the orange 35-40 knot band. That's not what we have (fortunately).

I wonder when and how often they update these potentially important forecasts.

Here's a couple of pictures that I took at noon of our neighbor.

Here comes a bit of rain (12:33pm)


UPDATE... AUGUST 31, 2010 11:03AM

So... let's see.... I shut down my computer and dealt with the rain and then took a nap. I woke up with one of the anchors stowed on the deck making noise due to the rocking of the boat. Then I heard Bob make an exclamation something like "where did that come from" but perhaps a bit more colorful :)


It was 2:30pm and there was a catamaran next to us.  Where did they come from and when?  We didn't hear a motor or an anchor dropping.  There was no dinghy so did they plop the boat there really quick and get out of Dodge or did it drag the mooring and anchor from where we saw them earlier in the morning?

They did bang into us a couple of times...

Fortunately we had an internet connection throughout the storm (thank you Broadband VI) and we looked up the daysail catamaran's website and found a phone number so they could deal with the boat. They cut themselves loose from the mooring and shortened up the scope on their anchor which allowed them to clear our bow when the wind shifted. They stayed aboard all night which made me feel better. This morning Bob looked at their mooring and it was complete with all the bits including two bent sandscrews. Their anchor was probably fouled on the mooring next to us (fortunately not the one we are secured to!).

This morning (Tuesday) when I was making coffee at 7am, I noticed a monohull way out and pretty close to the reef.  It looked stationary but there wasn't a dinghy attached and probably unattended.  I wonder what route this boat took? It gets pretty shallow in places behind that island! Did it go by us or down the other channel?

Our neighbor said that he saw the boat out there at 3am.

At around 8:00 this morning, we saw a dinghy and a person on the bow moving it. Another dinghy looked like it was on its way out there but then turned around and went away... Strange... Was he looking for salvage? Anyway, I don't know who they were but they seemed to have left it in a weird place and quite possibly tied to a navigation buoy :)

I noticed that there are a couple of uprooted trees on the beach near the pavillion.

This motorboat was dropped off near us (of course) for Earl,

They quickly lost their bimini and the dinghy kept trying to blow off the foredeck but didn't for some reason...

We've had quite a busy day catching up with various things. No rain which is nice.  It is now almost 6pm and definitely time for a rum on the foredeck with Bob and the company of the kittens.  They were happy to go outside today.  It is nice and calm.

I hope Fiona will be as nice if she stops by for a visit. We are going to leave our anchor down (along with being on a mooring) in the meantime.

Hope everyone else is OK. Here are some photos from The BVI Beacon for Tortola BVI.