Posted by: yachtcrewsing | August 28, 2011

Running from Hurricane Irene

   As was previously stated, Hurricane Irene changed many of our plans pertaining to the Newport Bucket. In accordance with this, it also necessitated that we move away from Newport, the town appearing to be in its direct path. In the week before the Bucket, the shipyard was bustling with sailing yachts and crew, all eagerly preparing for the event. By the time we left the dock on Friday morning, the place was empty. The few yachts that remained were soon trailing in our wake and similarly heading North-East to seek asylum in the protective fjords of Maine.

   The 24 hour trip from Newport to Bar Harbor was relatively eventful and enjoyable. As the sun was setting over the ocean we eagerly spotted multiple whales breeching and flicking up water with their enormous tails. After that, dolphins swam alongside our hull and a seal showed its grey head coming into Maine.

   The approach to the area was made exceptionally difficult for two reasons, the first being that Maine is incredibly foggy (especially in the mornings) due to the rapid cooling of hot air when it encounters the cold water. The second obstacle is the abundance of lobster pots in the area. A veritable minefield, it leaves the 3 crew members on watch to squint through the 30 foot visibility forward of the bow in search of the small floating markers. They are littered everywhere, often in groups of two or three, and often painted absurdly camouflaged colours such as white and blue. Winding along a zigzag course is the only method of avoiding the entanglement of lobster pots in the ship’s propeller.

   We accomplished the trip with only one lobster pot attached, thankfully only caught under the keel and easily pulled out diving into the frigid water. We are now anchored in the womb of Bar Harbor amongst the white caps and thick fog, awaiting the wrath of Hurricane Irene. Our crew is on a 2 hour on, 6 hours off rotation of sitting in the ship’s bridge and monitoring the vital signs of the boat along with the wind and weather conditions. It is currently dreary and becoming relatively windy, but does not appear to be threatening major destruction of any nature.



  1. Great Blog! Did you ride out the storm in Bar Harbor? How was it?

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