Sunday evening through Monday morning was spent sleepless.twirling at anchor. When it gets dark and the winds howl muting conversation, the rains resemble waterfalls, and boat groan sounds like the anchor has failed – it’s easy to doubt your sanity.
But so far so good here at anchor. I don’t want to jinx anything by being too optimistic. This translates to taking photos and video. I know some people take photos and video during a crisis — but it seems like bad ju ju to me. Like taunting the mother nature gods to give you a good video clip – and messing with your ability to survive at the same time.
We’ve felt the impact of Hurricane Sandy since Saturday afternoon, as Sandy makes its way up the coast. The intensity grows every hour. I have to say that this hurricane hole in Wilton Creek has done fabulous so far. We watch huge trees above the river banks sway in every which way – and yet a different weather system seems to be occurring at water level. It is a very odd sensation, that what you “see” is not what you “feel”. And, all of the time, you wonder when that will change. We can get internet (via our phones) at anchor – so we monitor the news coverage. Which by now is 100% Hurricane Sandy.
Today is the day. The day that Hurricane Sandy will make it’s turn toward land. Once she turns to the west (toward land), we would brace for the worse. Our 5-11 National Weather tracking is bringing us news less to our liking. It is now expected, that Sandy will make landfall closer to the Delaware Bay….i.e. closer to us. Every mile matters. The forecasts also show, that for some bizarre reason (perhaps the collision with the NorEaster) – that the brunt of the winds will extend down to the south bay. What? Our forecasts have changed – with the worst winds extending all the way to our location. I’m not liking this news, and have decided to shut down on reading more about Hurricane Sandy.
What will be…will be at this point. It’s time to look at the bright side. Our hurricane hole has been good so far. Buffers a lot of the winds that less sheltered areas are getting.
The bands of winds from a hurricane can be deceptive. You might experience the extensive sustained winds and gusts for say an hour….and suddenly there is a calm. During one of those “calms”, we watched some particularly bizarre actions on a nearby anchored sailboat. The owners who were not riding out the storm at anchor – had returned to their vessel to re-positioned it for the coming southwest winds. Once re positioned the woman hopped into some floating dingy type device, and was being propelled by her husband who was swimming beside her pushing her to shore. Brrrr..
From 5PM to 7PM, we experienced that calm. Maybe this was over? We were getting settled into our new position at anchor. Winds were blowing from the southwest , and we had the engines on – just in case the anchor didn’t hold as the winds changed from the north to the southwest. It is nighttime again, and hard to see if we are dragging anchor.