Friday was spent in glorious sunshine removing the headsail and generally snugging down for the impending storm and in the evening we had a lovely fun meal ashore with Rob and Linda Kiley (Twilight). Saturday morning the forecast suggested we were no longer going to get prolonged NE winds which would have been so bad in Marblehead and instead SW winds to which Gloucester is more open. In addition we were not that confident with the anchor holding in the very soft mud of the harbour so with a mooring available at Marblehead it was back there by lunchtime.
Lots of yachts and small boats had left the harbour but there were still hundreds on moorings but it was very strange to be aboard on a Saturday afternoon surrounded by yachts and nobody else there and no sign of life.
At about 5pm our friend David (Vamoose from Antigua) contacted us and offered us a bed ashore and it was obvious this was a last chance as all the gangways were being lifted and it would have been very difficult to get ashore later. Hence we are safely ashore in good company; we would appear to be out of the worst of the tropical storm track so it is just a question of waiting and hoping the mooring is as good as it looks.
Will update (subject to power supply!) when more news
David & Lynn