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Safe harbors to escape monster north swell and NW winds? #156291
03/07/2018 06:06 PM
03/07/2018 06:06 PM
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For future reference - Those that were out on the water this past weekend, where did you overnight to try to escape the monster north swell combined with the unusual west-northwest winds? And how successful were you?

Salt Pond Bay, St John was very secure with no wrap around surge. Lots of boats went to Little Lameshur and Great Lameshur and I imagine they were pretty comfortable once the wind went from South on Saturday to W/NW by Sunday. I'm guessing that the usually well-protected north shore harbors such as Francis Bay and Leinster Bay were very rough.


Places in the BVI that come to mind where I might have tried to seek refuge include:

JVD - Great Harbour, Little Harbour, or Diamond Cay (probably a lot of swell energy made it over the reef)
Tortola - Fat Hog's Bay
Gorda Sound - Leverick Bay (which seems to get very lumpy with a large n. swell), Biras Creek (though long fetch open to the NW), or SE shore of Prickly Pear
Norman Island - The Bight (tucked in close to Pirates) or Money Bay
Peter Island - Key Bay, White Bay or Little Harbour (though all three exposed to the W/NW), Great Harbour (near the west shore though possibly still exposed to swell?)

How did these locations actually fare?


Thanks!

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Re: Safe harbors to escape monster north swell and NW winds? [Re: BaardJ] #156902
03/16/2018 08:41 AM
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We were at Anegada. Quite rolly but we were on a cat so not too bad. The monohulls really got tossed about though! The north side of the island was amazing (definitely no snorkelling but very impressive breakers on the reef). The locals said they hadn't seen it like that for 35 years!



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Re: Safe harbors to escape monster north swell and NW winds? [Re: BaardJ] #156939
03/16/2018 04:59 PM
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Thanks for your report Nobbie. I guess I'm not surprised some monos headed there despite the forecast.

Re: Safe harbors to escape monster north swell and NW winds? [Re: BaardJ] #157103
03/19/2018 11:03 AM
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Trellis Bay has been one of our storm shelters in the past. We would go way inside. Not a trendy anchorage, we know, but usually pretty calm. Seeing all of the boats on the beach now makes me wonder about underwater hazards. Has anyone moored there recently? We will be there in May.

Re: Safe harbors to escape monster north swell and NW winds? [Re: trueblue] #157140
03/19/2018 05:48 PM
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Thanks. Hadn't thought of Trellis Bay. We motored thru the mooring field in late November. It was a windless day so we had a clear view of the bottom. Saw lots of debris on the bottom such as a nice coil of anchor line, a boom, and plenty of junk that looked like it was there pre-Irma. The only hazard I saw was a bimini frame.

Re: Safe harbors to escape monster north swell and NW winds? [Re: BaardJ] #157153
03/19/2018 08:47 PM
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@TrueBlue.
Out of curiosity what’s the definition of a Trendy Anchorage in the BVI?

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Re: Safe harbors to escape monster north swell and NW winds? [Re: sail445] #157164
03/20/2018 07:46 AM
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Probably the ones we avoid ;-)


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