Thanks to John Arndt for this colorful shot taken aboard the Tartan 40 Asolare while sailing from Hopetown, Bahamas to Newport, RI!
Yahtzee’s port side pressed hard against our fenders and the dock as slack halyards ferociously clanged against masts in a seemingly endless chorus of noise in the howling wind. In a matter of hours it had gone from calm to 15 to 30 knots, then finally gusting over 50. This was the last in a quick string of three powerful storms to hit the Pacific Northwest in a 72-hour period last week and I knew it would soon be over. But there are times when you just want the wind to stop.
It had been just two nights before when the whole thing began as we were swinging at anchor in 40 to 50 knots near Bellingham, WA. Early that next morning, and just before gusts in the upper 60s swept through the area, we made the call to head for the safety of the harbor to to wait out the remaining storms in the string. And when wind week finally did blow itself to a close, a calm descended over the area that was like a collective sigh of relief. I know I was.
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