No sailing today since sails are removed, boat gets hauled out next week and a major storm is currently battering New England's coastline.
Instead, my wife and I took a drive along the waterfront this afternoon to check out the storm's effects. The peak has yet to hit us, but I did take some photos and a very short video before the sun set - and was amazed at what we saw later.
The beach behind our house abuts the Sakonnet, a tributary of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves were at least 6-8 feet and causing some beach erosion . . . but minor compared to what was happening just 5 miles south in Newport.
This very short (2+ minutes) footage, for some reason, doesn't project the impact of wind and wave heights we had experienced first hand. Reports of 20 foot offshore waves may have been a slight exaggeration, but the inner Harbor was in total turmoil. I saw several sailboats break free from their moorings, crashing onto the rocky cliffs of Brenton Cove, a few with soft groundings along the sany beaches.
Unfortunately, my camera's batteries were drained before I took the video footage showing Kings Park, south of Newport Harbor. So I could not take photos or videos of the worse boat damage. The small sailboat shown beached, broke free just minutes before we arrived - fortunately a soft grounding. Minor compared to the damage I saw with other boats, as a result of Noel's late season wrath.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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