Gale force winds: 14 May 2013

‘Bonify’ is being blown off the pontoon, preventing the skipper from getting back on board whilst the boat behind is taking a battering with crushed and flattened fenders. ‘To bring this scene to life you have to imagine all those masts swinging back and forth frantically in different directions and a howling and whistling and shrieking.’ Read on for news of the rest of the fleet as they batten down the hatches and take cover from the gales.

Taking a battering, 'Bonify' in Falmouth Photo: Sue Lewis
Taking a battering, ‘Bonify’ in Falmouth Photo: Sue Lewis

Plymouth and Lundy issued gale warnings today, forcing the OGA fleet to sit out the storms wherever they are.

Plymouth – Issued: 0845 UTC Tue 14 May

Southerly gale force 8 imminent, veering northwesterly and increasing storm force 10 soon Shipping Forecast – Issued: 1625 UTC Tue 14 May Wind Cyclonic gale 8 to storm 10 becoming northwest 6 to gale 8, then decreasing 4 or 5. Sea State Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in west and south.

Lundy – Issued: 1548 UTC Tue 14 May

Northwesterly storm force 10 decreasing severe gale force 9 imminent Shipping Forecast – Issued: 1625 UTC Tue 14 May Wind Cyclonic 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 at first, becoming northwest 5 to 7. Sea State Rough or very rough becoming moderate or rough.

Reports from the fleet

In Fowey, Kees reports that the Dutch boats ‘Vlieter’, ‘Morgaine’, ‘Leonora 3’ and ‘Raven’ have good shelter, with the worst of the storm passing at 1500, then increasing again from the north.

In Falmouth, ‘Bonify’ reports the gale hitting around 1900 with with gusts of 39 knots and howling, whistling, shrieking winds. By 2100 she records 42.4 knots on her anemometer, with maximum gusts of 46.7 knots, top end of a force 9. ‘Bonify’, ‘High Barbaree’, ‘Witch’, ‘Cine Mara’, ‘Windbreker’ and ‘Syene’ are safely anchored to the Marina pontoons in Falmouth. We see from the AIS that ‘Annabel J’ remains safely tucked in at Newlyn and, the remaining boats of the fleet continue to take shelter from the storms in Plymouth: ‘Bonita’, ‘Peggy’, ‘Windflower’, ‘Moon River’ and ‘Toucando’.

Watch the short video clip as ’Toucando’ weathers the storm.