Annie and Cyclone Gabrielle

  • 19 Mar 2023 23:20
    Reply # 13137498 on 13098522
    Actually, we get quite a lot of thunderstorms (together with the odd tornado) in this part of the world in summer.  We fitted lightning conductors to the mast on Badger, as per PJR.  I have no idea whether they worked and to be honest didn't find them terribly reassuring, after reading that when the lightning comes down a conductor it can jump to a nearby mass of metal, which in the case of the foremast might have meant the anchor chain.  I was always terrified when lightning bolts were hitting the water around us!

    I didn't bother with any lightning conductor on FanShi.  Most of the time I have the shortest mast around and I couldn't see any way to connect the conductor from the mast head to the keel because of the tabernacle.  I am just relying on good luck: if it happens, it happens and I remind myself that boats sometimes get struck by lightning and suffer hardly any damage.

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  • 01 Mar 2023 17:09
    Reply # 13115293 on 13098522

    Hi Annie,

    It is good to know that you and FanShi are doing well after the storm. It seems that lightning is rare in your part of the world. I wonder if this is this true even during a Cyclone.

    Do you have any sort of lightning conductor from your aluminum mast to the water? I have been trying to figure out the best way to provide a good ground path where my wooden tabernacle is right now. Since you have a similar mast arrangement I would appreciate any details you can share.

  • 19 Feb 2023 10:29
    Reply # 13103238 on 13098522
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I don’t like it when storms get names on them. A couple of days ago, one named Otto swept over Southern Norway. No catastrophic damages, just a few closed airports and a number of closed bridges, cancelled ferries and the few usual uprooted trees. Only one boat sank in my harbour  -   the boatclub’s own tender...


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  • 16 Feb 2023 19:53
    Reply # 13100764 on 13098522

    All good on the good ship Almanda de Quack. We were probably in the best spot in this part of the island to ride out a cyclone. While mayhem occurred all around, our biggest annoyance was having  to go out in the rain and wind to adjust our lines as the tide surged in and out. Lots of mud, mangroves and a creek opening at 90° to the prevailing wind proved to be a good trick.

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  • 16 Feb 2023 17:36
    Reply # 13100441 on 13098522

    This tree on our property thankfully fell the "right" way ie away from our house - I shudder to think the damage if it fell the other way - gives you some idea of the power of this cyclone, that well inland it was absolutely Annie posted, lots of devastation in other parts of Auckland and especially further down the East Coast with people having to be airlifted off roof tops

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  • 16 Feb 2023 00:52
    Reply # 13099464 on 13098522

    Hello everyone!  Thanks for asking. As far as I know all the junks and junkies survived with no more damage than shredded nerves.  It was a full-blown cyclone.  I was in the Weiti River near Stillwater, probably the best place I could have been.  I had out two anchors and heaps and heaps of scope and reckon that some of the gusts were F10.  Ten miles away, the lighthouse on Tiritiri Matangi was showing sustained 63 knots and there could well have been more, gusting 73 knots - and that went on for hours and hours.  Plenty of rain, too, but mercifully, very little debris coming down the river, although wjhen I came to sort out my anchors, yesterday, I found a branch entangled in my main anchor chain and I had to saw it away

    Not a lot of sleep for a few days, what with the worry and the somewhat uncomfortable conditions of wind against tide.  As this happened just 2 weeks after another 'extreme weather event', it's been something of a wild summer so far.  And the cyclone season doesn't finish until May.

    However, it's the poor folk ashore who have really suffered as is shown here

  • 15 Feb 2023 21:52
    Reply # 13099264 on 13098522
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks for the thoughts. All OK here. The odd fallen tree in the local area, but snug and sheltered down here in the mangrove creek. I was concerned about a surge of flood water into the creek which could push the levels abnormally high, but it didn't happen this time. Rock'n and roll'n a bit during the night (due to the occasional wind gust) but, generally speaking, a shallow, muddy mangrove  creek seems to be a good place to be, in a tropical cyclone.

    I, too, hope everyone else is OK...

    Down in the mangrove creek. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago when we had an extremely heavy rainfall resulting in a flood surge. The creek is normally empty at low tide, but on this occasion the depth is 3.8m and the floating pontoon in the background is angled upwards instead of the usual downwards. It is fortunate the surge occurred when it did, at low tide, and the jetty is only submerged ankle deep. (High tide would have added another 3.2m !!) 

    Last modified: 16 Feb 2023 02:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 15 Feb 2023 20:33
    Reply # 13099153 on 13098522
    Anonymous wrote:

    Has anyone heard news about Annie Hill's and other New Zealand member's whereabouts and safety post cyclone Gabrielle?

    I have heard via Lynda Chidell that Annie is o.k. but had quite a rough time of it and very little sleep. I too had a few kiwis in my thoughts but reckoned the last thing they need to deal with now is emails from the northern hemisphere checking that they are ok. But then again it's nice to be thought about so maybe kiwi JRA members  could give a little wave here once they emerge from the mud and fallen trees. 
  • 15 Feb 2023 12:35
    Message # 13098522

    Has anyone heard news about Annie Hill's and other New Zealand member's whereabouts and safety post cyclone Gabrielle?

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