Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Wayne, PA
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Re: who's out on the top of the Chesapeake?
A couple days late, but here is my storm report......
That was IMPRESSIVE.
Heard the forecast and decided to stay on the mooring overnight; saw all the big red blobs on radar just before all hell broke loose here. I thought the winds were 50 mph or more, told later they topped 70. Lightning came from the west and sat over the bay striking all around for at least half an hour, the boat spinning on the mooring the whole time. Several vessels dragged moorings through the field.
At one point I was heeled over, laying back against the head door for what seemed like way too long a time.
My inflatable dink, with an old 2 hp suzuki (17 pound engine) was briefly airborne above the stern rail, just floating on the wind in the lightning flashes. It didn't flip but got thougherly saturated. Pulled the plug and poured the water and gas out, Starter fluid, some Sea Foam and new gas and all is well.
Friends out on a cruise to the Sassafras got caught badly, lost gear and gained much gray hair and worry lines.
One boat tied where it should not have been got beat up very badly; others moved through the field apparently without touching anything. Power was out here until Sunday morning but we put generators on the freezer and kitchen fridge. Beer coolers did get a bit warm but now all is well.
I was so shell shocked by the lightning i decided to sail a few extra days...