“The Storm” is the story of a storm that hit Gibraltar on the Afternoon and night of October 11th- 12th 2008. How do I know this, well I hade made the mistake of being at anchor in the little anchorage next door to Gibraltar.
The first we knew of what was coming was when the wind slowly started to increase from the East and the swell coming into the anchorage forced us to up anchor and seek shelter behind the seawall in the small harbour along with about 20 other yachts. We dropped anchor there and dug it in as best we could and let out all the chain we had in the locker all 200 feet of 10mm. Then we sat down had a cup of tea and waited to get battered by the onslaught.
The storm did not dissapoint as mediterannean storms are known for their vicious nature. The rigging howled as the wind increased and during the night the gusts were hitting 136km per hour. A large 150 metre section of the seawall was breached during the night allowing the swell into the harbour and a number of boats dragged their anchors. The rescue forces of both Spain and Gibraltar Had a busy Night.
We survive unscathed and the ships log tells the tale, others weren’t so lucky.
The final tally includes Cargo ship Fedra Broke in two on the rocks at Europe Point Gibraltar after dragging anchor, cargo ship on the beach at Algerciras, numerous boats dragging anchor and towed to safety by the Spanish Salvementos, A converted Trawler also on the beach at Algerciras, Yachts in both of Gibraltars marinas did not escape as cleats were ripped clean out of decks and morring lines were just snapping as if made of string. The marina staff were kept busy handing out ropes and securing boats that were threatening to just blow away.
want to know more? Then google “Gibraltar Storm October 2008”. and Fedra on the Rocks. There are plenty of uTube video and stories about it.
Has it put me off sailing, off course not it is in my blood now
Oh in case you were wondering what flag that is on the Gaff Ketch (Type of Boat), it is Austrian