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It’s been a dog’s life (and then some) since the last major Hurricane hit Hawaii, when Hurricane Iniki beat the brakes off Kauaʻi, leveling thousands of homes and causing over $3B in damage.  Even with the downgrade from Cat 5 to Cat 4, Hurricane Lane is even bigger and slower-moving, and it’s lining up the beautiful “Garden Isle” again

Flooding has already begun, and landslides can’t be far behind. Watch surfers catch the growing waves live on Waikiki’s webcam here.


August 23rd, 2018 by admin

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Remember a couple months ago when a couple of little storms wrecked a big chunk of the Caribbean?  They’re still not out of the woods yet, as you’ll see in this 360 degree video (click and drag to look around at the continuing carnage) and the accompanying NYT article focusing on the losses to boat owners in the Virgin Islands.  It opens:

The wrecks lie half-sunk in marinas, fully submerged in coves, tangled in mangrove roots, tossed akilter against trees, or piled atop one another, a jumble of punctured hulls, snapped masts and bent propellers.

The hurricanes that raged through the United States Virgin Islands in September damaged or destroyed not only thousands of buildings, but also hundreds of boats, from tiny sailboats to 50-foot luxury yachts.

In a territory that is heavily dependent on tourism, where no spot is more than three miles from the sea, boats are as integral to the economy as the islands’ beaches and their now-battered hotels. Boats are the livelihoods and even the homes of many locals, and for the mainlanders who leave their vessels there year-round, they are a big reason to spend time and money on the islands.

“Even if our boat had made it, we would really be struggling, because the customers aren’t here,” said Justin Cofield, 34, an owner of St. John Yacht Charters, whose 46-foot sailing sloop, Survivan, was destroyed.

Read on for the complete story from Richard Perez-Pena and thanks to Anarchist LM for the tip.

December 20th, 2017 by admin

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Huge kudos to SAer ‘JKozloff’ and the thousands of people helping to alleviate the hurricane-induced suffering throughout the islands.  There are many ways to contribute now and over the coming sailing season, and we urge you to consider helping out.

Caption for the photo from JK:  We have been delivering supplies to St Maarten, Anguilla and the virgin islands since Irma. We were restocking on St Croix(home) when Maria was approaching and were able to sail around the storm. We are now restocking in St Lucia to go to Dominica, then restock in Guadaloupe to go St Marteen, restock in St Kitts for Virgin Islands, Vieques and Puerto Rico. Then around again. If anyone has family friends that they have not heard from we have been getting in contact with people in remote areas of each island. We also are looking for other boats that are in the area that want to help, we can stock your boat.

More here.

September 28th, 2017 by admin

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This photo comes not from the sites of Caribbean, Florida, or Texas, where the combined hurricane season is already the worst in history.   Nope, it’s from Nantucket (with thanks to SA’er ‘MauiPunter’), where some of the oldest living one-design boats sank during the torrential rain from Hurricane Jose on her lazy jaunt up the North Atlantic.  It was just a week after the IOD’s North American Championship and one anarchist says 6 IOD’s sank during the storm, but if there’s one thing that’s harder to kill than a cockroach, it’s an IOD.  We hope they’re dried out and back in action soon.

Meanwhile, now it’s Cape Hatteras and the Maryland shore’s turn, and don’t let the fact that someone at NOAA actually drew a dick and balls in the Storm Form Winds Arrival map let you underestimate this bitch.  Good luck to all in the path, and best of hopes to our thousands and thousands of screwed friends in the Caribbean, Florida, and Texas.




September 25th, 2017 by admin

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After what has seemed like months of churning, Hurricane Irma is no more. Downgraded to a Tropical Storm on her inland jaunt through Trump country, Irma’s legacy will be years of rebuilding throughout the Caribbean and Florida.  While most of the Sunshine State escaped the worst-case scenarios, we all understand that a small shift in her track could have decimated the built-up centers of Tampa or Miami on an unprecedented scale.

Unfortunately, that decimation happened in St. Martin, Anguilla, Barbuda, St. Barts, the Turks and Caicos, and the US and British Virgins (and a few other islands), and the effort is just getting underway to help people who won’t have communications, power or water for weeks. We’ve been following several relief efforts, but the most awesome info comes from Gunboat exec Nils Ericson and the folks at East Island Excursions, who’ve organized a Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico evacuation effort they’ve nicknamed ‘Operation Dunkirk’.  Please donate here to help the effort, and here’s an update from last night.  UPDATE: The New York Times picked up the PR rescue story here. UPDATE 2: A smaller effort led by yacht hauler John Woodruff is on its way south to begin digging out Florida boats and yacht clubs; donate money or gear here.

By today’s end we will have organized a total of 7 trips to STT/STJ, delivering over $20k in supplies and evacuating about 300 people. Tomorrow, we have 6 (!) more boats delivering supplies and evacuating another +/-300 folks.

We have set up tents to serve as staging areas for supplies. If anyone wants to send supplies, send it to us here at Puerto del Rey marina in Fajardo. We’ll make sure it gets to the right island. We depart daily around 8am and can transport whatever or whoever is going (more or less). PM me for details.

The crew here at East Island Excursions are working doubles and skipping days off to get it done. They’re an inspiring group, ably led by Jayanne McLaughlin.

I don’t see a horizon yet. The reports from people on the ground is totally heart-wrenching, and normalcy is seemingly NOT returning. The gov’t in the Virgin Islands has failed the people and outside help is still needed. Fajardo is virtually 100% intact, the fuel docks have fuel, and flights are operating out of San Juan airport.

Today, private flights were allowed in and out of STT today. Hopefully the St. Thomas airport will reopen to commercial traffic soon and ferries will begin normal operation (relieving us of duty) but for now we plan to stay on the throttle.

I’m hoping to get up the road tomorrow to STJ and get eyes on my house and Soma, and hug some friends. It feels selfish to think of my own needs, but I have to say goodbye to Sailboat Soma in person.

And another update from this morning:

Alright St. John, we are coming to get you! We have departures organized throughout the day, and throughout the week. Be patient, be kind, work together, women and children first. You will ALL get off, we aren’t stopping until everyone is safe and secure. To stateside family, do what you can to spread the word to your loved ones on island. If anyone on island gets this message, spread the word. We won’t get everyone at one time, so please be patient. We want to fill every seat, but we want it to be a safe process for everyone. Love city.

PS: we have taxis, shelters, generous folks offering their homes, food, water, and big hugs waiting for you on the other side. See you soon.


Island Flyer (40 pax): 9-10am, Cruz Bay to PR

Caribe Spirit (70 pax): 9-10am, Cruz Bay to PR

Bad girl (24 pax): 12pm, Coral Bay to STX

Betty Ann (36pax): 12:30-2pm, Cruz Bay to STX

Milemark (36pax): 12:30-2pm, Cruz Bay to STX

Adventurer* (~40 pax): 2:30-3:00pm, Coral Bay to STX


September 11th, 2017 by admin

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We’ve been accused of being a little morbid with all the damage posts, but that’s not it at all – we’re mostly stunned at just how much worse the damage is from Irma than any other Caribbean hurricane we can remember, and how long it will take to rebuild. Especially as so many of the spots are those that we – and tens of thousands of Anarchists – have enjoyed every winter for decades.

The drone video above is a difficult look at Nanny Cay (and thanks a ton to Adam Dell for publishing it), the haulout location for hundreds and hundreds and boats of all sizes and the long time HQ for one of our favorite regattas of all.   Click on the BVI Spring Regatta link for a look at Nanny in much better times.

There are literally hundreds of heartbreaking images from all over the Caribbean that you can find linked in the Irma thread, so please head over there if you want to share your own story or offer help to others.  We send our best hopes and wishes to all of you affected by this disaster of a ‘cane season in the Leewards, Virgins, Puerto Rico, and Cuba (some of whom are about to get battered again by the Southerly side of Cat4 Jose), and to the millions throughout Florida, Georgia, SC and Tennessee who might lose everything before this thing is over.  A special thought to all of you with property or boats n the Florida Keys, which look perilously close to armageddon in the latest forecast maps.

And now a word from Caribbean charter skipper and former Sailor Chick of the Week Lucy Jones – along with the folks at Performance Yacht Charters, she’s responsible for thousands of sailors enjoying the Caribbean over the past decade, and we listen:

Lucy and the team of Performance Yacht Charter are shocked and saddened by the devastation that has taken place in the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

These Islands hold a very special place in our hearts, we have been sailing and racing in these waters for so many years it truly is a second home for us, and so many of our sailing family.  It will take many months to understand the full effect of this hurricane.  

In the short term we can support with financial donations, to the Red Cross and other charities supporting those most in need. But in the long term it is imperative that their economy has a future and that the Islands are kept alive. These islands are dependent on our tourism and as sailors we can do this by supporting the Caribbean regatta season and booking our holidays. 

Accommodation may be difficult, the selection of boats might be reduced but if you can go to the Caribbean this year and spend out pennies in their bars restaurants and shops. This will fund the rebuilding of our much loved Caribbean for a long time after Hurricane Irma has left our memory.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Donate here.


September 9th, 2017 by admin

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Per, of all people, Richard Branson’s kid Sam. He’s written a solid damage report for the BVIs that’s frightening, though perhaps most frightening is that we cannot find a single current report or photo from all of Anegada, which would have taken some of the worst conditions of all.  Branson writes:

I’m just updating as we learn more…No cell, power or wifi coverage in Virgin Gorda. East End of Tortola without power.  [Cell providers] LIME, CCT, and Digicel partially up on Tortola.  Road Town is flooded with many roofs ripped off.  Moorings looks bad from pics I’ve seen, and Paraquita Bay is really bad.  Heard Marina Cay is bad too, but people starting to mill around. Lots of debris, so with the wind everyone needs to still be careful.  Even Scotial Bank and Pusser’s in Road Town are destroyed.  Branson is OK on necker, but lots of damage to the island.  Ivan’s on Jost Van Dyke is destroyed, as are adjacent buildings it appears.  Trellis bay damaged but people are safe.  Sugar Mill Beach Bar is gone, and the hotel roof is off, but thankfully bpeople are safe.  Tamarind Club people are safe at Josiah’s Bay.  Virgin Gorda has no power, wifi, or cell, but Oil Nut Bay has a bunker of people that are safe.  Peter Island peeps are OK but island is wrecked.  All at Scrub Island are safe.  Everyone evacuated to police station during the eye [not sure where he is referring here].  Roof is off Myett’s and Quito’s is gone.  Carrot Bay is flooded.  Nanny Cay has boats piled atop each other.  Leverick Bay dock in VG is gone.  Eustacia Island [wrecked, but peeps safe].


September 7th, 2017 by admin

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The BVI charter companies loaded up well-known Tortola hurricane hole Paraquita Bay over the past few days, and here’s how it looked this morning.  Goddamn.

September 6th, 2017 by admin

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With Antigua and Barbuda getting a glancing blow, St. Maarten and St. Barts taking direct eyewall hit, and the BVIs, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico all sitting inside the 100+ knot zone right now, it’s almost like Hurricane Irma hates Caribbean yachting and is teaching it a lesson.  It’s a sad day for St. Barts (seen in the photo to the left), which local officials called ‘apocalyptic’ and SXM, where locals said most of the boats are ‘just gone.’  We’ve had reports from the East side of Puerto Rico, where winds are just starting to get serious, and St. Thomas, where the worst is now overhead, and locals are less worried about boats and marinas than they are about how to deal without water and power for the days or weeks it may be gone.

South Florida is also a chaotic mess, with precisely zero outbound plane tickets left from MIA and FLL for any location, and all interstates loaded up with outbound traffic.  We send our thoughts to all of you in the shit – or about to be – and encourage you to post in the SA forums to share your experiences with the others dealing with it.


September 6th, 2017 by admin

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Caribbean, Bahamas, or Eastern Seaboard: Any or all of you could be in the path of a beastly storm, so plan ahead: Get your stuff out of the water or tied up in a mangrove, get your home ready, and make sure you have a way out for you and your family.  Thanks to physicist and meteorologist Levi Cowan for the web’s best hurricane forecasts.

Updates in the thread.

September 3rd, 2017 by admin