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    Default Horrendous storms in Corsica

    Up to 130 mph gusts.
    Five people lost.
    Hundreds of boats ashore.
    https://www.lemonde.fr/en/environmen...94100_114.html

    Friends of mine had their schooner devastated, but fortunately stayed personally un harmed.

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    Default Re: Horrendous storms in Corsica

    What a tragic mess, lives and possessions, and your friends schooner looks very badly damaged.

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    ooof...

    Welcome to the new (and ever-increasingly-bad) normal...

    On this summer's trip toe Georgian Bay, my brother and I encountered some pretty significant winds, and the biggest waves I've ever sailed in at one point. I have to wonder if a more volatile climate is going to make small boat cruising a windier proposition in the years to come. (An insignificant loss compared to the damage to homes and lives that we'll keep seeing, but I do think about it).

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    Default Re: Horrendous storms in Corsica

    Similar weather in Austria in the midst of a heatwave.
    https://www.lemonde.fr/en/environmen...94100_114.html

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    Default Re: Horrendous storms in Corsica

    Collapsing ice sheets and glaciers. Droughts and wildfires in Europe and Africa. Floods in Australia and New Zealand. Floods, fires, and empty reservoirs in the US.

    When the lights go out in Vegas, maybe we'll see the stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip-skiff View Post
    Collapsing ice sheets and glaciers. Droughts and wildfires in Europe and Africa. Floods in Australia and New Zealand. Floods, fires, and empty reservoirs in the US.

    When the lights go out in Vegas, maybe we'll see the stars.
    you left out the perma frost melting and releasing its methane
    that will be something to see

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    Default Re: Horrendous storms in Corsica

    jesus it could have at least knocked off the trailboards and fake cutwater

    how were those bulwarks attached?

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    ^ A pretty heartless post, Wiz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    jesus it could have at least knocked off the trailboards and fake cutwater
    how were those bulwarks attached?
    The frames are going trough the deck, and the bulwarks are attached on it.
    Considering the damages underneath the hull (not visible on the pics) the boat seems beyond reconstruction.
    Most of the damages occurred when a big motor boat, set free from his mooring, went to hit the schooner.
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    Here is Pélican one month ago when moored close to Anthéa, in pristine condition.
    With the trail boards, cutwater and bowsprit in their glory, as you seem to like them Wizbang ...
    The owners worked a lot on her to install new hydraulic steering + auto pilot instead of the tiller, and just relaunched her.
    They are desperate.

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    Shpountz design?

    I hope they were insured because she looks like a write-off without a lifetime of hard work.
    Last edited by Decourcy; 08-20-2022 at 08:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip-skiff View Post
    Collapsing ice sheets and glaciers. Droughts and wildfires in Europe and Africa. Floods in Australia and New Zealand. Floods, fires, and empty reservoirs in the US.

    When the lights go out in Vegas, maybe we'll see the stars.
    China sure does know how to make a hoax.
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    heartless ?
    no , heartless is a comment on how the HELL a fuggin catamarang is setting there happy as a clam notupsidedown while this schooner is banged up.
    She is not a loss, she is an epoxy boat. These spounce boats are incredibly built, laminated of many layers. (yes , I think they lay some theatre on them kinna thick too).
    A bulwark SHOULD pop off like this in a trauma event like this. I have seen them put on TOO stout, to where they lifted the covering board when going aground and the boat sank from in flooding when the tide came back up. This boat, I'm sure, has no caveman covering board.
    I hope your friend can get the boat out and start making some noise and dust on her right away !
    We all have to imagine/prepare mentally for this kind of thing before laying the first stick or putting down the first dollar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Decourcy View Post
    Shpountz design?

    I hope they were insured because she looks like a write-off without a lifetime of hard work.
    Yes Daniel Bombigher design.
    They are not insured. They needed a new survey and hadn't n't enough time to do it.
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    Mine are only insured for 3rd party liability.
    I'd go after the dragging powerboat that hit them for THEIR insurance.
    Keep that cutlass ,axe and bolt cutter handy in a storm kids !!!
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    Damn. Double damn. So sorry for all affected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip-skiff View Post
    Collapsing ice sheets and glaciers. Droughts and wildfires in Europe and Africa. Floods in Australia and New Zealand. Floods, fires, and empty reservoirs in the US.

    When the lights go out in Vegas, maybe we'll see the stars.




    140mph winds from a thunderstorm? Does the med get tropical storms/hurricanes?
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    Apparently it does. Interesting read.

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    Default Re: Horrendous storms in Corsica

    The sound here is awful but this vid shows what folks were dealing with:





    https://youtu.be/EBGcZ46W3AM

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    Default Re: Horrendous storms in Corsica

    My wife and I have planned a 10 day hiking vacation on Corsica starting next week. We have planned this trip for the last two years, which was postponed due to Covid. Now this, we are not sure if we should try to follow through, or would it be best to postpone again.

    Our hearts go out to the people impacted by this storm.
    Last edited by timber_cruiser; 08-22-2022 at 06:17 PM.

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    Keep going!
    It will be one of your best hike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reynard38 View Post
    140mph winds from a thunderstorm? Does the med get tropical storms/hurricanes?
    They get derechos - this one in 2012 was a doozy . . . from the Midwest right on through Annapolis . . where it threw my buddies morgan 37 right up on top of a dock


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    Facing the distress of my friend Eric, I organized the Pélican rescue.
    Eventually the hull was safe and the boat set afloat by a barge, and able to motoring.
    No way to start serious repairs in Corsica, we had to sail her back to her home port in Port de Bouc.
    We left Sanary last Wednesday on Anthéa toward Girolata, the bay where the disaster happened.
    137 nm far.
    Here is the team when arriving the day after.
    From left, Alain, François, and Eric, the owner of Pelican:

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    Entering the bay:

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    Pelican was on buoys, so I docked alongside her.
    One can see boats still on the rocks.

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    We went on the beach to get the broken bowsprit back aboard.
    The damages are : bulwarks, davits, bowsprit, stem deck, rigging, tender, Mooring cleats...

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    Less than one hour later we could sail away.

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    Thats fantastic!
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    Here Offshore:



    In the middle of the night Eric called me on the VHF, Engine over heating....
    The transmission cooler rubber connection was leaking.
    It took almost one hour to temporarily fix it with grey tape, and sail again.
    Even if I was prepared to this eventuality, thankfully we avoided towing.

    Arrived in Sanary Friday afternoon we made a two days stop to rest and repair.
    No way to buy any parts on Saturday.
    I realized I had a very similar connector on my genset heat exchanger.
    It did the job, so it moved on Pélican and she was able to run safely the engine.
    Yesterday (Sunday) we left early for the last 43 nm leg to Port de bouc under perfectly calm condition.
    Around 3 Pm Pélican was docked at home.

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    And this morning she was lifted on the dry.

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    Mission accomplished !

    Lot of work ahead...

    But Eric regained the energy to fight !
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    The two 137 nm legs from Sanary to Girolata and back:

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    and the last leg to Port de Bouc:

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    Rapelapente, Glad to hear you were able to repair Pelican to make the journey. My wife and I were in Girolata last night. We hiked in from Galeria. Girolata is a very special marine community. It was sad to see so many boats still washed up on the rocks. Best wishes on the final repairs to Pelican.

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    What a story. I am glad everyone on this leg is fine. We should all have friends like you.
    Without friends none of this is possible.

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    I just saw a Youtube video of this storm from several people filming it as it happened.
    Sorry, but no link.
    It was unbelievable how fast this storm came in at full blast.
    It didn't start small and build, it just hit like a sledgehammer.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.
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