I was thinking the same SD, since most of the boats on their moorings, still had their dodgers and sails in place . . . that is, the ones that weren't ripped off by wind. Our boat was fine thank you - due to the excellent shelter of our marina's lagoon.
You may recognize the above scene as Brenton Cove, at the SW section of Newport Harbor. The rocky shoreline forms a funnel, ending in a narrow cove surrounded by high rocky cliffs. On this day, these rocks were a lee shore posing serious threat to any boat that broke free from it's mooring.
As I mentioned above, I didn't realize my camera batteries needed recharging and went dead too soon. Otherwise I would have taken pictures and video of two boats being battered against these cliffs - just to the right of the above photo. They also had their dodgers and sails in place, although the main boom on one was snapped in two. Many sailboats in the harbor could be seen with their sails in shreds.
The mooring pennant can be seen on the foredeck of the beached boat below with a short single
section of the rope intact. It apparently had abraded against the chock from the force of waves and 60 kt winds (gusts were reported to 89 kts). It amazes me that these boat owners made no attempt to use a double bridle, or at least double tie their mooring lines.
Giu, This boat grounded right before our eyes with the only visual damage being a dented bow rail from hitting the concrete seawall and some obvious gelcoat abrasion from the gravel beach. Who knows how much more damage was caused after we left? I'm sure salvage crews got to it before the Owner did and will be negotiating with his insurance company for profit . . . vultures.
Max - my office meeting concluded by noon yesterday - could have joined you at the Newport Yacht Club, but my wife was feeling neglected and needed a little time with her husband. I'll look into future SSA meetings.
tomaz, It's a terrible feeling helplessly watching a boat being beached and battered by high surf - especially this section of Newport Harbor which is typically calm. The boat seemed to be alive, making lunging motions with the force of waves, akin to a dying animal struggling for it's life.