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We’ve kept our boat at Whiskey Island Marina for a number of years. We love Whiskey Island, all the great people we call neighbors and the beautiful Wendy Park that’s been our playground when we’re not out sailing. This beautiful little gem in the heart of Cleveland was struck by massive waves and winds that were the product of Superstorm Sandy on October 30th, 2012.

Fortunately, our boat was already on the hard, tucked away far from the waves. However, for many of our neighbors there will be no need for fall decommissioning this year. There will only be the arduous and very sad task of salvaging and picking up the pieces.

Waves broke through a section of break wall that protects the marina and its floating residents.  Fierce weather can spring up on Lake Erie in a matter of minutes, and this break wall is a secondary structure that protects the marina. There is a first defense, main break wall that took the brunt of the storm’s fury. It is a 4-mile long concrete fill wall that protects the Cleveland shoreline and inner harbor. That structure was not damaged.

These photos were taken on Wednesday, October 31st and shows just how much damage was done to the marina and boats. It’s a very sad gallery of pictures, but it’s one that should remind us all of just how powerful Mother Nature can be.

This is taken at the shoreline and shows a pile-up of boats and debris. The upper left quadrant shows the mast of a sailboat standing out of the water.

The left section of the break wall was breached. This section had been repaired at least twice in the last year. At the horizon line you see the main break wall that protects the Cleveland inner harbor. Lord only knows what would have happened if that had been damaged.

Pieces of docks and finger piers are just sort of floating adrift. Some boats are tied to docks that remained intact.

Many boats broke their lines and drifted around the marina, ramming into one another and smashing up against the rock shoreline.

This dock lost it’s supports and partially sank. The black cubes are the buoyant supports that hold up the floating docks. the boat on the left was tied up to it, and now it looks like it’s the only thing holding the dock above water.

This dock-box was ripped from the dock and thrown up onto the bank by the force of the waves and winds.

Many folks had put off moving their boats to the hard or making other arrangements for them. Normally, boats are out of the marina by November 1st. What a difference a couple of days can make.

The sight of this mast is all that’s left of someone’s beloved sailboat.

Another sailboat that will probably never sail again.

The wind was blowing in from Canada, pushing the boats toward the rocky bank of the marina. The docks lie in rows, parallel to the wind, so as the wind blew in from the North, it pushed the boats into each other and up onto the shoreline.

Finger docks sank and snapped the lines of boats moored to them, freeing them to bob around the marina.

This shoreline is loose rock. I’m afraid some of these boats may not be salvageable.

The owner of this boat was able to secure lines to the shore, so at least he doesn’t have a total loss.

Outrageous, our 42′ Catalina, is safely tucked in the back of the yard, near the railroad tracks. Our neighbor’s  big old steel sailboat is protecting her from the worst of the winds. Our wet weather has only given her a good scrubbing, and she’s all ready for a cozy winter slumber.

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Blue Angels Over Whisky Island 2010

Blue Angels Over Whisky Island 2010

Labor Day weekend usually signals the end of summer on Lake Erie, and the Cleveland Air Show is the Grand Finale.  Our Whiskey Island Marina is a perfect place to watch the air show without the throngs of people (althought recent years have seen a marked increase in ‘outsiders’ invading our hide-away). 

Weather for sailing, however was not the greatest.  Saturday was cold & wet and WAY too windy…with gusts over 40 mph & sustained at around 32. Sunday was far nicer. We went out on Sunday with some folks, but found the water very lumpy. We were unable to get enough wind to speed us over the waves, so it was a rough ride which brought mild mal de mer to one of the guests.  Ergo, the iron genny came on to plough us through the waves with less rocking & we ended our excursion earlier than we would have liked.

'Goodtime II' Air Show Cruise Off Whiskey Island

'Goodtime II' Air Show Cruise Off Whiskey Island

I made & donated a quilt to raffle for our boat club. We held a gyro & snow cone sale on Sunday.  I cut & sewed the top on Outrageous, and took it home to do the assembly & quilting.

Whiskey Island Boat Club Quilt

Whiskey Island Boat Club Quilt

Looks like no boating this weekend either. Others have conspired against us, but hopefully we’ll have some more nice weekends before the end of the boating season. 

But we DO have the Annapolis Boat show to look forward to in October!!!!

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Roseway

Roseway

The Tall Ships were in Cleveland this week. They really are spectacular! They arrived on Wednesday & were gathered at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River thru Sunday.  The public could board the boats, and short trips continuously kept the ships moving.

Tall Ships

Tall Ships

Rather than joining the throngs for a chance to be jostled onboard, hurried off, and otherwise treated like cattle, we elected to view the ships from the comfort of our own little ship.  We motor-sailed by, as near as I dared (I manned the helm, Geo manning the camera). The powerboaters, jet-skiers, & other slow sailboats caused quite a bit of traffic conjestion behind the breakwall as we all vied for space to move safely and take photo ops at the same time.

I managed not to ram or be rammed & Geo got some nice shots!

Tall Ship With Browns Stadium

Tall Ship With Browns Stadium

Ship Approaching The Harbor

Ship Approaching The Harbor

We continued East to the end of the breakwall, then proceeded up as far as Bratenal before heading out & retuning to the marina.

Who's At The Helm?

Who's At The Helm?

Of course, we lost the wind & had to motorsail the last mile or so back in. As we approached the mouth of the river & the opening in the breakwall to return to the marina, we joined a returning ship, followed closely by the ‘Nautica Queen’ tour boat, as well as a swarm of other boaters coming into the same bottleneck. 

Roseway & Nautica Queen

Roseway & Nautica Queen

Nautica Queen

Nautica Queen

We slipped in between the Roseway & the Nautica Queen so George could get some shots.

Roseway Heading In

This was as close as we got, & I headed us starboard towards our Whiskey Island Marina – George grumbling, and me relieved to be away from all the traffic. If you’re not familiar with being out boating…just think about being in the parking lot of a Mall at Christmas time. Then think of how it would seem if there were no yellow lines to give traffic some semblance of order. Just everyone traveling any way they wished at any time…Motorscooters, muscle cars, sedans all at once.  That’s kind of how it feels.

Close As We Got!

Close As We Got!

A final look at one more boat… errr… ship…

S/V Denis Sullivan

S/V Denis Sullivan

Molly joined us in the cockpit for the last part of the voyage. We didn’t bring Lucy up tho…we’ll wait til we have less boat traffic for everyone to deal with.

1st Mate Molly

1st Mate Molly

Another lovely weekend…it’s so hard to go back to dirt dwelling. I love my home on the water. Adieu Outrageous…til next Friday!!

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