The wind howled all night. The swells were huge in the sound. But again, we were tucked up tight, protected from the west winds. One of our neighbors, Ian on Lost Puppy, was woken up around 3:30 am with MAYDAY calls on the VHF. Most of us turn off the radio at night so we can sleep, but Ian and Jennifer heard all the drama.
A 50 foot monohull chose the wrong anchorage to wait out the storm. The winds shifted northwest, their anchor dragged, and they were pushed onto the rocks. The boat was holed and taking on water. The people were rescued and brought onto another boat, but nothing could be done in the dark for their yacht.
The next morning we all woke to this sight. After the experiences we’ve had recently, this was a particularly sickening sight. It could happen to anyone. It stresses the importance of keeping up on the weather and the expected changes and planning ahead for it.
The boat spent two nights on the rocks, before a salvage boat came, patched up the hole, and towed it away. Our hearts go out to those people and we hope their dreams are not entirely lost!