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From the photo journal for South Georgia Island, a video of Kiwi Roa sitting out wind "bullets" of about 60 knots at Elsehul, South Georgia Island.

Peter & crew were trapped by a developing weather system that ended up generating some serious winds. Three days of constant storm and hurricane force conditions.

View the full photo journal of the South Georgia expedition at Peter's website.
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Re: At anchor in 60 knot winds: "Kiwi Roa" visiting South Georgia Island

Wow. Sobering!
Great video Craig.
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Re: At anchor in 60 knot winds: "Kiwi Roa" visiting South Georgia Island

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Re: At anchor in 60 knot winds: "Kiwi Roa" visiting South Georgia Island

Peter,

Great video. thank you for posting it. It's amazing seeing a bar-tight anchor chain.

Were they using a NZ-made Rocna, or one of the Chinese ones? Any idea if the Chinese mettalurgy issue has been fixed? And were the other ones replaced as part of that?

(As patent holder myself, it's better to support the original inventor of this type of anchor.)

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Re: At anchor in 60 knot winds: "Kiwi Roa" visiting South Georgia Island

Man, that is the stuff nightmares are made out of right there!

That was scary just to watch. Definitely a feather in the cap for whatever anchor was holding you off that lee shore in that blow!
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Re: At anchor in 60 knot winds: "Kiwi Roa" visiting South Georgia Island

Great video

Nightmares? Nah, but also you gotta remember the location South Georgia its 55 degrees south. Its not normal cruising routes. It the high latitude stuff that is almost never done, maybe 20 boats per year? And those boats being extreme adventurers. So on the pick in 60 kts is not nightmare stuff, its expected.

In a tropical circumnavigation or general cruising in the correct season theres not much chance of it, and if it does hit it wont be fore three days!

The wind bullets kicking up the spray did remind me of when we crept into a cyclone area and paid the price of being hit by a cyclone. Its why i can be definitive about sailing in the right season lolol. The cyclone was a nightmare not because of the wind we got but what we could have got.
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Re: At anchor in 60 knot winds: "Kiwi Roa" visiting South Georgia Island

I've had my boat anchored in 60 knots before (I live in Hurricane Alley), but not in a situation like that, and I hope I never get in one like that.
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Re: At anchor in 60 knot winds: "Kiwi Roa" visiting South Georgia Island

We met Peter in Namibia last year. Kiwi Roa is a gorgeous boat, incredibly set up for serious cruising in potentially nasty places like this. They were rolled going from the Falklands to Cape Town with the only breakage being one 3/8" shackle.

Some people responding seemed not aware that Peter is the inventor of the Rocna anchor so it is pretty easy to guess what he was using. We talked over a beer or two about the anchor world. He said the problem with the Chinese Rocnas was not the metal but the manufacturing. The anchors were designed to be welded up from plate steel. The ones made in China that had problems were cast instead.

He had a small prototype of a new anchor that was going to be coming out as a West Marine branded product. Don't know if it there yet.

Kiwi Roa was intending to be in Greenland this summer with the plant to return to South Africa before continuing its west around circumnavigation in high latitudes. Peter had not worked out the timing but thought he could not get back to the south this year so would probably need to wait out a season in Europe. He and his girlfriend don't like warm places and prefer the cold remote spots like South Georgia, Patagonia, and the Falklands. I think he said he had five winters in the last two spots.
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