British Columbia Desolation Sound

Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island

Sunday, September 09, 2012S.V. CAMBRIA

Sunrise after the storm in Gorge Harbour

Not long after crawling into bed last night, our sleep was interrupted by the wind which started to blow some time after midnight.  David got up to assess the situation and I followed shortly afterwards.  It was blowing a steady 20 knots and Cambria was sailing back and forth at anchor, but she was holding well and there was nothing to be done.  With David satisfied that the situation wasn’t going to change any time soon, he went back to bed … I’d already beaten him to it. 

According to Environment Canada, there’s an intensifying low centered over the Gulf of Alaska moving into the area and bringing gale force westerly winds to some regions, which will be followed by a cold front and a ridge of high pressure.  The original forecast was for southeasterlies of 10 to 15 knots, but it blew 35 to 40 outside the anchorage so, clearly, they underestimated this one … as did we. 

Getting to shore in the wind and chop was difficult; but it was also a good day forgetting off the boat, which was in constant motion.  So, after taking Sally in for her morning walk, David and I made the trip so he could soak in the hot tub, working on the knots in his neck and shoulder, while I did laundry.  I don’t need to point out who got the better end of that deal, do I?

We didn’t see much of Jeff and Karry throughout the day.  They had very little sleep last night because of the weather and spent most of the afternoon keeping an eye on Fantasy and napping.  Just about the time we were supposed to meet each other on shore, it started to rain, putting a damper on our reunion.  It lasted for several hours and the wind continued to howl, but started to soften a little as we were settling down for the night.  By one in the morning, it was still and the rain had stopped … thus ending the first storm of the autumn season. 

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