Thunderstorm: Dockside

Another Summer Thunderstorm We arrived to the docks just minutes before an ominous-looking summer thunderstorm.  We rushed to get Gira settled below decks and all of our hatches closed.  Across the skyline, lightning ripped against the cloudy back-drop, which grew darker by the second.  Having achieved our preparations, and checked the weather predictions on Weather Underground, Windy, DarkSky, and MyRadar.  We sat in the cockpit awaiting the storm and visually double checking the deck. The temperature dropped drastically.  The clouds built to near vertical, meaning the storm was packing a…

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The Microburst, and the Dock

Preparing to go sailing During the summer months, we didn’t get many opportunities to take Banjo out on the water. This was partly due to work & maintenance schedules, and partly because of bit of caution. This is the tale of what happened to warrant our caution.  It is a tale of the Microburst, and the Dock experienced by the crew and guests aboard SV Banjo in June 2017. We arrived in the New Bern, NC area in June 2017 and had originally spent a month at the New Bern…

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