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08-01-2011 02:28 PM
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04-02-2010 09:13 AM
wind4me Thanks Capt Rich..!
04-02-2010 09:12 AM
wind4me Thanks "RC". Appreciate your advise and perspective and could definately see how a "hard top" could act as an airfoil in a high wind situation. Yikes!
04-02-2010 06:01 AM

While we are getting off topic, you will be had pressed to find a local that will come out to your boat after dark in heavy wind to tell you to move.
If it gets bad idle into the wind on the ball
04-01-2010 12:11 PM
RealityCheck While each mooring provider typically has their own rules the most frequent one I have seen is they "Warn/Require" you to leave the mooring if winds exceed 40 MPH. They are tested to a load limit and they feel that is about when they will take no liability for the moorings.

I've been in The Bight at Norman Island at night when a squall hit with winds in the 30MPH area for a few minutes. It felt as though the aft of the boat was being lifted out of the water by the bimini. Being a pitch black night I can't think of a worst time for 80 or so boats to all cut loose and head for the Sir Francis Drake Channel.

As it was and is typical, you can get some people who will anchor In Side a Mooring field. To keep from banging into other moored boats they have very short scope and they blew away in a few minutes.... saw a few hair raising near misses and I'm sure a few sets of shorts were soiled before it was over.

Don't think running engine to attempt to hold your ground would be effective as the wind changes quickly and you have no effective helm control unless you have water moving by your rudder which in mooring situation you do not have..... just winds slamming you. Probably not a bad idea to have it ready but your going to get blasted by the storm and will have limited if any view at off of what is going on around you.

Most stay below decks and batten down all hatches but prepare for what ever may come and hope it does not. Probably the safest thing to do most of the time. With very few boats in charter set up for center life line use with a harness, going forward to release or even to pick up the lines if they broke away would be dangerous on a heaving wind blown deck with out the safety harness and center life lines in place for attachment.

Winter months are when most fast moving squalls hit the VI's but they can and do happen year around so keep alert by monitoring the weather reports several times a day and always before you bed down for the night,

Most of the time you will have great sailing and very smooth moorings and anchorages.

Fair Winds and calm moorings
03-30-2010 03:06 PM
wind4me MMr......since we're on the topic of weather, can you tell me what the proper procedure would be if you've got a mooring ball and some weather (squall or worse) comes in? I assume you're idling in neutral in case the pendant breaks loose? Is it acceptable to drop the hook too? Any info you can provide would be great. I've sailed (motored) through a brief squall, ran aground, lost and engine and more but never been static while a storm came rolling/blowing through.
11-17-2009 02:50 PM
MMR No clue, but probly with some digging we could get the data.

SURFLINE.COM | Global Surf Reports and Forecasts, Live Surf Cams and Coastal Weather can give you wind and swell information and forecasts. They also have a nifty retrospective surf widget that can give you information for previous years...
11-17-2009 02:33 PM
lzjay Weather report said 2-4ft swells and we had glass although there was a nice break out at Sandy Cay. Any idea what the swells where when the video was taken.
11-17-2009 02:18 PM

Originally Posted by lzjay View Post
Dido ---- We checked on status of swells before deciding to visit, no idea they could have such an impact. Bay was glass for us all night! thank you for the insite.
We've chartered in BVI for going on 5 years and have NEVER seen the surf that high. We've been in 8 - 12 ft swells sailing from VG to Cane Garden on the north side, but never had that kind of action in a mooring field/anchorage.

The biggest action we saw was when a squall from Hurricane Emily swept through one night. We had lots of warnings; got moored in Sophers Hole early in the evening and rode it out without a problem. Heavy winds passed in 90 min - faster than we could get through a game of Rummikube.

Those on a mooring ball at Diamond Caye and those anchored in harbors at Jost Van Dyke had a bit more exciting evening (VHF listening became the sport of the evening), but most of the problems were due to lack of "seaman skills" - watch the weather, confirm your anchor holding, duck into a sheltered hole for a storm.

BVI's are great cruising grounds. Just be aware that you are not in Disneyland - God and Nature both have a wicked sense of humor...
11-17-2009 01:39 PM
CalypsoP35 One place that I find that often gets overlooked is the snorkling at monkey point. The fish and the pelicans are pretty neat. This is much better than the snorkling at the Indians IMHO. No matter where you go it will be great, ENJOY!
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