Our way, somewhat tried and tested – take off the jib, remove the ensign, lower the spray hood, strap the boom to the deck, double up all warps, double them again, then close the hatch. When the wind blows nod your head wisely while looking out at the weather, and hope for the best for the next 7 hours.
Those who don’t take such precautions, or are maybe just unlucky suffer the consequences.
Others are just blessed with supreme good fortune. Look at this and see if you can spot anything odd.
Apart the the bent stanchion, not much – except this boat is usually moored on a swinging mooring just off Oban, and shortly before 1700 yesterday, in the teeth of the storm, – it was blowing a constant 50 knots – it decided to break free, manoeuvre itself three quarters of a mile across Kerrera Sound, carefully avoiding the drying rocks, sunken wrecks and moored boats, turn left into Oban Marina and then find a free finger pontoon. The guys who were out to lend assistance were just dumbfounded that there was no-one on board. It definitely is not April 1st, and the owner doesn’t have webbed feet or six fingers – just an absolutely amazing story.
Something to smile about, at last!
More photos posted.