Calm winds brought to you by the letter E!
It must be the letter E. E as in Tropical Storm Ernesto and Hurricane Earl, the two storms which we felt were enough of a threat to us that we stripped all canvas off our boat in preparation for the big winds. Big winds which never came, in either situation.
Back in the Chesapeake, after ignoring the vast majority of boats there who did nothing to get ready for the potential storm, we spent a day storm prepping ZTC. For our efforts we were rewarded with 5 knot winds. Yes, that was 5 knots, not 50!
Yesterday, as Tropical Storm Ernesto rolled through the upper windward islands, we had similarly light winds through much of the day. Yes, there was the odd squall carrying with it a bit of wind, and there was some rain, but nothing that would have warranted this much effort IF ONLY we could have predicted the future.
That’s the key right there though. We can’t predict the future, nor can even the best meteorologists. Those who did nothing to prepare may be laughing smugly at their great foresight. I, on the other hand, tend to think that they were being complacent if not reckless. That’s just my opinion of course, and what do I know?
I had a bit of an email conversation yesterday with one of our favorite bloggers, Bob on Boatbits, on the subject of storm preparation. He had this to say:
“We’ve been in the Caribbean over a decade and nearly every hurricane disaster we’ve come across is a direct result of people screwing up, and most of that is people doing nothing or if they do, waiting too long because of “group think” ie. waiting till EVERYONE comes to a consensus on what to do.”
Good thing we prefer to lead rather than follow!
Bob went on to suggest that we “treat every nasty looking tropical wave as a full blown cat 4 hurricane wannabe because they can go from one to the other in a matter of hours or less!”
Valuable advice IMO. Until the next time…
Good thing we took advantage of the sun on Thursday afternoon
because there wasn’t much of it yesterday!
Samantha’s first trip onto the trampoline. Isn’t she a brave kitty?
Note spare anchor awaiting storm deployment.