ZTC is naked!
While it appears that Tropical Depression 5, formerly known as Invest 99, will miss us by a comfortable margin to the north, I believe this is only due to the fact that Rebecca and I, and our nearby friends, spent a good chunk of yesterday stripping our boats.
It was interesting to us to see the different levels of preparation that were going on yesterday. While the storm’s path was still very much uncertain, with projections having it track everywhere from Trinidad to Martinique to right over top of us, many people chose to leave their boats with full canvas rigged. Perhaps they either believed that they could quickly take it all down today when the storm’s path was more certain, or they just didn’t believe that it would hit us at all. Regardless, it caused a bit of dissension between those storm-prepping their boats and those in the wait-and-see camp, and at least one cruiser in a neighboring bay got on the radio to voice his concerns. The thing is, if a storm does hit, the boats which have not been properly secured can easily cause damage to even the most protected vessels nearby.
Today on the radio net, one old cruiser went so far as to say that if the “more experienced” cruisers weren’t stripping sails, perhaps others shouldn’t be either. The net controller quickly cut that conversation off knowing that it was about to turn ugly. LOL
Just about everything removed from the deck or secured. Take note insurance company!!!
Anyway, ZTC is now naked and even though this weekend’s forecasted disturbance may not impart the drama that some of us thought it might, I think we’ll leave the sails down for the time being as there are still a couple of other weather “blobs” waiting in the wings which could affect us in the days to come.
On a related topic, I found it interesting (amazing, really) to note that some cruisers here seem to have no source for weather info beyond what they can glean from VHF radio traffic. As accurate weather info is one of the most important things for sailors, I wonder how is it possible that they could have made it this far operating like that and also, just what do they do in islands where such info is not readily shared?