I woke up to no power this morning. Went to work where I am now and had everyone call in on me. I had one cat say his hood was about to fly open while on his way to work. LMAO that was a first.
I am 3 blocks from the beach. Looks like a typical Noreaster so far, but I am expecting it to get much rougher here in a few hours as Fay drifts further north and westward. I expect it to stregnthen a bit before it lands, now the sun is turning up the heat on it.
I plan on working till about 3 and heading to my Widowed mother-in-laws house with my dog and 3 cats for the evening. She lives about 5 miles from the beach; on the otherside of the intercoastal waterway.
Well back to work for me. I hope I don't get stuck on this side of the ICW if they decide to close the bridges. Looks like they are waiting till the winds reach 40 MPH to do so... Chao
Fay Shatters One Man's Boat and Dream
VILANO BEACH, FL -- Gill LeHoux was literally picking up the pieces of a dream Wednesday.
His boat had been ripped about into thousands of pieces and those pieces had washed onto Vilano Beach.
Waves, kicked up by Tropical Storm Fay, continued to attack his sial boat named Lady Cecile.
The shredded hull rocked on the beach.
LeHoux had sunk all his money and years of hard work rebuilding the boat.
The French Canadian had sailed it from Montreal, he was bound for Cuba, and then around the world.
LeHoux told First Coast News he was trying to sail into the St. Augustine Inlet Monday night, but he got stuck.
So he pulled out, but got stuck again. He said he had a bad chart.
Fearing Tropical Storm Fay, LeHoux said he freed the boat again, and decided to head due east into the Atlantic.
After the course was set, and he was sailing out, LeHoux said he went underneath for a bite to eat.
"All of a sudden, I was projected forward," LeHoux said. "The boat was beached here. I never heard anything. I never heard the waves here. I never felt the boat turning 180 degrees." Indeed, the boat had somehow made a complete turnaround and ran ashore on Vilano Beach.
Tuesday morning, tow boats and the U.S. Coastguard tried to free the boat, but they could not because the tide was too low.
So, the Lady Cecile sat on the beach.
The tow boat captains told LeHoux they would try again Wednesday if conditions were better.
But Tuesday night, LeHoux said he sat on the beach and watched Fay's outer bands destroy his sailboat.
Wednesday, as LeHoux was picking up debris, he said he felt "broken, empty." "I can tell you this. I seem to be having flashes of time when I look at a piece of wood. 'Oh yeah. I remember this one. It took me three bloody days to craft by hand.'"
Now, the sails that were supposed to take LeHoux around the world were being flung around on the sand by the whipping waves.
As onlookers stared and passed-by the boat and one man's broken dream, LeHoux continued to clean up.
He has vowed to rebuild and sail again... after he picks up the pieces of memories that were scattered along the beach.