2013 Tropical Storm Andrea

I needed the rest after the two days of steaming through the canal and south down the Delaware Bay and all the sand shoals. I came through the narrow entrance into this so called harbour but it is more like an enclosed river mouth with a bay stretching SE to the town.  I pulled up the anchor and found a marina who had no space but at least water and diesel so I filled all the tanks to full and left to re-anchor having found out along the shoreline both sea and land was quite shallow water.  I dropped anchor with quite some room aft of me and let out 75 m of my 10mm chain.  I checked that the rest would flow easily and also checked that the join to the nylon rode was secure and free flowing.

There was a hive of activity at the Coast Guard Training Centre as the recruits stowed everything movable and made sure that the few vessel in their dock had double the lines.  With all the canvas well secured along with everything on deck I prepared a good meal and then settled into bed with the alarm set for midnight when the Tropical Storm would arrive.

Here is the extract from Wikipedia The first tropical cyclone and named storm of the annual hurricane season, Andrea originated from an area of low pressure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico on June 5. Despite strong wind shear and an abundance of dry air, the storm strengthened while initially heading north-northeastward. Later on June 5, it re-curved northeastward and approached the Big Bend region of Florida. Andrea intensified and peaked as a strong tropical storm with winds at 65 mph 56 knots on June 6. A few hours later, the storm weakened slightly and made landfall near Steinhatchee, Florida later that day. It began losing tropical characteristics while tracking across Florida and Georgia. Andrea transitioned into an extra-tropical cyclone moved along the East Coast of the United States.

Yes I was right in its path and well prepared.  I got a few hours sleep but just before midnight the wind started from the SE.  I had quite some room astern so I undid the snubber and let out all the chain I had in the locker which was 100 m.  The nylon took the strain round the capstan.  Well the wind rose more and more. Thankfully there was a short fetch so the waves were quite small.  Then came the rain and the wind so I again let out another 20 m of nylon and started the engine.  I put it in gear and just let it idle.

At the hight of the wind I had the engine in full ahead with the anchor straining to keep Malua in position.  I was watching the anchor alarm from the cockpit as we weaved back and forth with the wind in the high 40 knots.  The rain and noise was disconcerting not that I had to talk to anyone else.  It appeared that all the other vessel except one were holding at their stations.  That fellow started to drag towards the sea shore beach but thankfully the anchor must have caught something because he stopped just before going onto the beach.

At about 4:00 am the winds veered to be coming from the opposite direction so it was time to up anchor and re-anchor with more room off my stern.  This was a challenge in itself because I had to gauge how the anchor was coming in from the cockpit while pressing the up anchor button.  I am sure I put strain on the windlass but eventually I say the anchor appear over the bow and I steamed into the wind to drop it a and let out the 75 m of chain again.  The anchor set the first time and I was again stationary with the Vesper Marine anchor watch set.

From about 5:00 am to dawn with the rain continuing all this time I sat either in the cockpit with the engine running or down below watching the anchor alarm.  The rain and wind eased as the light came up and I could relax and have breakfast.  I was not going anywhere for a few days until l the open ocean calmed down so I went ashore and walked around. The next stage was to enter the Hudson River and the Big Apple

Cape May Harbour  Andrea Track

Boats in wind

Was that a magical moment on Malua.
Here are a few photos of the short haul here...

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