Handling rough conditions in port

Rupert Holmes describes the course of action he pursued – and the lessons learned – when storm conditions threatened to cause damage to his moored boat in the Aegean, Greece. A very useful report by Practical Boat Owner.

Published 6 years ago, updated 4 years ago

Lying safely clear of the quay. The waves beyond the end of the breakwater meant that leaving the harbour was no longer a viable option

Moored in Agios Efstratios, one of the most remote inhabited Aegean Islands, at the very end of October, sheltering from a deep depression, Rupert had prepped his boat thoroughly for the storm force winds forecast. A lull in the weather, however, was a missed opportunity to get out of the harbour and safely to sea. When the next front came through with a change of wind direction, Rupert found himself trapped in the harbour with a bucking surging boat, broken lines, popped fenders and more dangerous than in any other situation in the 70,000 miles he had sailed.

Read the full report at http://www.pbo.co.uk/seamanship/handling-rough-conditions-in-port-24999

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