Last night as I tucked away in my bed, and within the hour the thunder
clapped loud outside, the wind came up. I got out of my bed (can't say warm
bed as everything is warm, but I was dozing off) and went up into the
cockpit to find a good thunderstorm moving rapidly across the bay. The moon
was hidden behind the clouds, but you could differing levels of grey and
black and it was black, and lightening all around across the bay. Not
knowing the local storms, I decided to take down the forward boat cover to
take out wind age, as I did this the wind came up to 20 knots making the job
more interesting. The key thing to understand our little sheltered bay
usually a "lee shore" had just turned in to a "Windward" shore, NOT Good, it
means that the wind and any waves generated are pushing you onto the closest
shore to you, this is far from ideal. The wind did not rise much above
20knots but the rain started and lightening high up in the clouds lit up the
sky, and the thunder kept us awake. But it moved quickly and was local, and
before long it was over us and past, I had been outside a number of times by
this time making all things were secure, and getting the cover down. Tracy
woke and peered up the companion way to say "what are you doing?", "just
making sure we stay safe " I replied as I turned on the chart plotter to set
up an anchor watch alarm, a good friend in these situations.
But in an hour it was all past, now wet, well awake I returned to bed.
But the question is why does it always wait until you are comfortable or a
sleep to happen.
Today Tracy went back into town to provision as one of the guys was going
in, I had the day with the boys trying to catch fish, lots of fun, with
This evening we all went up to marina for happy hour which was lovely and
worth the trip will do it again, Sean drove the family in the dinghy and he
did very well especially at night, controlling direction and sped well.
Tonight it is moon out (full moon) and stars, the bay is like a "mill pond"
and we can for the first time here the disco about 2 miles away(yest it is