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Storm Front
Posted By: Sailor, 07-24-2009, 05:48 AM

Yesterday afternoon, while sailing Galveston Bay, a group of strong storms began to descend into the Houston area. Fortunately, we were near the channel leading back to Clear Lake and our marina, so we wasted no time dropping the sails and motoring in while hoping to beat the storm. Just as we entered the marina when I thought we had it made, the storm front hit: as we motored towards our dock the wind jumped from 10 to 27 kts, then fell to 3 and back up to over 20. As we approached our slip, I had to shove the boat into a SW, 20+ kt wind which veered abruptly to the north, thus pushing the boat rapidly toward the pier. With the help of a 3-blade prop turning in reverse at high rpm and my wife's quick jump to the dock with a bow line, we brought the boat in without a scratch. I've docked boats hundreds of times, but this was the hairiest I've experienced.

Here are some shots before and after the storm.

Jer

Still on the Bay with storms approaching:



Motoring in the channel - note that the cloud looks like a misshappen skull (hardly heart lifting at that moment):



Five minutes after docking, the clouds form a cauldron swirling above marina, but - it never fails - the wind dropped to zero (ideal for docking) and didn't come up intil and hour or so later :


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07-25-2009, 05:29 PM   #16
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Dear Jer:

Glad you finally receive the rain

We have plenty of that here in Singapore

How nice it would be if we can share more of it with you and the rest :ugh:

Good that you aren't caught in the storm

I admire your skills

You pictures are Great

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Hey Jer, great series, lovely shots. Been there done that, is not fun. Those wind shears can kill ya (literally) and they sure don't help the boat finish. I especially like that first shot with the ketch to weather. Definitely an Uh Oh moment. BTW anybody get badly damaged?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sailor Quote
Thanks, my friend. I'm betting you've been on the water when similar conditions sent a bit of chill up your spine - you know it'll be manageable but there's that little bit of uncertainty . . . . . .

Jer
Oh yeah
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Great shots! I love the first one especially! Very dramatic!

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WOW! Nice!! I miss taking shots as hurricanes were heading toward the VA coast.

Now that I'm out here in the midwest, I waiting for a tornado to come through. Been here 3 years and seen NONE.
Thanks much. BTW, I grew up in nearby southern Illinois, and I can tell you just be patient - you'll see one.

Jer

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nice series, I really like the last one a lot, 1st would have been great if the boat wouldn't be dab smack in the middle... IMHO

BR
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Thanks, Peter. Actually, I took several compositions with the boat in various positions, but this is the only one that didn't dissect the thunderhead. Also, I like the thunderhead towering right over the ketch, and this was the only way to do it.

Jer

QuoteOriginally posted by pawzitiv Quote
Excellent work capturing the leading edge of that nasty front as well as your anxiety as a sailor. Glad to hear your decison to make a run for it worked out. Me, I'd have likely headed out to open water with lots of searoom .. heaving-to, forereaching and praying!

There's old sailors and bold sailors, but there are no bold and old sailors!
Thanks much for the kind and perceptive comments.

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Dear Jer:

Glad you finally receive the rain

We have plenty of that here in Singapore

How nice it would be if we can share more of it with you and the rest :ugh:

Good that you aren't caught in the storm

I admire your skills

You pictures are Great
What nice things to say!! I really appreciate it. We still need rain, so please send some our way .

Jer

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Hey Jer, great series, lovely shots. Been there done that, is not fun. Those wind shears can kill ya (literally) and they sure don't help the boat finish. I especially like that first shot with the ketch to weather. Definitely an Uh Oh moment. BTW anybody get badly damaged?

NaCl(with wind shear like that, I wouldn't be surprised)H2O
Hey Buddy - I really appreciate your comments, since you know this world. AFAIK, no one suffered any damage - a weak day with few boats out and the violence was very short lived.

Jer

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Oh yeah
I figured.

Jer

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Great shots! I love the first one especially! Very dramatic!
Hey, thanks Georg. Thanks for looking.

Jer
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nice to see you got back to a safe haven....
really enjoying your nautical postings.... i can smell the salt air from here...
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nice to see you got back to a safe haven....
really enjoying your nautical postings.... i can smell the salt air from here...
Thanks, Dave, for the kind words.

Jer

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