Thinking of You

Phyllis and I are far to the north, and out of harm’s way, on a road trip in Newfoundland. But we are thinking of you, our readers and friends, both afloat and ashore, in the path of hurricane Sandy.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

6 comments… add one
  • Andre Langevin Oct 29, 2012, 7:55 pm

    Its great to be in a vehicule which is always running 50 knots with the wind up 🙂 We are ducking ourself in Quebec tonight, the storm is taking the st-lawrence track. Poor people on the Bounty… the captain is to be blamed not to have run east to avoid the storm.

  • Paul Mills Oct 30, 2012, 5:16 am

    My heart goes out to those who are at the mercy of Sandy, and indeed also to the Bounty crew. My family had a great morning with them 2 years ago in PLymouth, the crew showed them all over the boat, took time explaining things to the kids and then said hello everytime they saw us pass over the following days.

    Not sure whose fault it is that she floundred, what I do know from being friends with someone from the Marques (sorry may be wrong spelling) and another from a tall shop that floundered in Cornwalll about ten years ago – is that yesterday will stay with them for the rest of their lives….


  • Westbrook Oct 30, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Sandy has been largely a non-event in the mid-portion of Chesapeake Bay. Highest sustained winds about 40 last night, but northerly so they did not blow water up the Bay. Hence little or no storm-driven flooding. Biggest problem is power outages from falling trees or branches. About 7″ of rain in Annapolis in the last 36 hrs. Now (Tuesday morning) just continuing light rain and southerly breeze at 10.

  • Matt Marsh Oct 30, 2012, 12:36 pm

    There wasn’t much left by the time it hit the Great Lakes. Winds 30 kt gusting to 50 kt, a bit of rain, that’s about it. What’s left of the rain will likely last another day or two.

    New York & New Jersey, on the other hand…. at least one tower crane collapsed in NY, and I heard reports of cars floating down Wall Street. There was a photo last night from NJ of a four-foot shark swimming up the porch steps of a suburban house.

  • Ian Oct 31, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Oyster Bay,NY had sustained winds of 40 + knts and a gust to 74 knts. Onlky five boats are on the beach, but many, many trees down. 90% of Long Island is w/o power. Lobsters were washed ashore into the streets of Bayville, NY. Sandy, just might be heading your way.

  • Robert Reyes Nov 1, 2012, 2:38 pm

    Oyster Bay Marine weather station recorded a gust of 81;
    at least 5 boats on the rocks at Centre Island, and the entire fleet of Sweedish Match 40’s at Oakcliff that were not hauled in time sunk at their moorings

    my estimate is 25 to 30 boats totaled in Oyster Bay alone.

    Robert ( member of Sagamore YC)

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