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Storm Force 10

By James_C
Red Funnel's Red Eagle makes its way across The Solent to Cowes yesterday afternoon in Violent Gale Force 9 gusting Storm Force 10 conditions. The ebb tide made the sea state particularly unpleasant.
There is a weather staion - - on the Bramble Bank, which gives live weather, sea and atmospheric reports.

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Tags: Weather Photo journalism Seascape Sea Ship Storm Ferry Solent Landscape and travel Cowes Storm force 10

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johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
26 Aug 2020 7:47AM
A bumpy ride to say the least....John
James_C 12 38 57 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2020 8:04AM
Lots of cars needing a wash too John...Wink
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
26 Aug 2020 8:09AM
Free car wash included in ticket price.Wink Mind you, I don't think sea water is really for the cars' best!
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2020 8:53AM
Looks a bit bumpy out there I must say. I bet there were a few nauseous passengers 😁Excellent image & capture James⭐

Many moons ago I was on a general Cargo ship (26,000 tons) in the North Atlantic (February) in a force 10 + a wave hit the ship head on and dented the fo'c'sle by 2 inches and the contents of 3 containers end up strewn all over the deck !!! we ended up in dry dock in Hoboken New Jersey for 3 weeks (happy days) 😊

James_C 12 38 57 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2020 9:31AM
Oooh I don't know Malc TongueWink

Thank you Alfie. My only experience of such conditions was rounding Muckle Flugga in Triple Fantasy - Peter Hopps's 35ft Tri - during the 1989 Observer Two Handed Round Britain & Ireland Race. It snowed too. Talking to the lighthouse keeper in Lerwick the following morning he told me that it was F9 increasing to F10 as we went round and the mean wave height was recorded at 25ft (ie 50ft trough to peak). We did the 60nm from Muckle Flugga to Lerwick in 3hrs... The lighthouse keeper had come off duty that morning and come down to the dock to see the boats that had come in. I must say that the members of the Lerwick Boating Club were absolutely wonderful. they came down to the dock and collected us at 06:00 - took us to their home along with all our wet kit and gave us baths and breakfast and washed and cleaned everything. They looked after us for the whole of our 48 hour stop. Wonderful memories!SmileSmileSmileSmile
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2020 12:52PM
I felt a bit safer on a 26,000 ton ship than you probably felt on a 35' Tri, my respect & chapeau ! 😲

26 Aug 2020 1:24PM
Excellent images.

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
26 Aug 2020 4:40PM
seriously bad weather--well portrayed!
James_C 12 38 57 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2020 4:54PM
Many thanks Alfie, John and Jennn.

Funnily enough Alfie - we had no instruments working so they couldn't intimidate us and we always felt under control. We used a sextant, compass, wrist watch and educated guess at speed for 3/4 of the race - replacement instruments never quite caught up with us. There was an incident on the next leg, when I thought I was about to bury the leeward bow and risk pitchpoling the boat that really scared me.... Pete was instantly on deck and reassured me that we were in fact ok. Smile
27 Aug 2020 2:11PM
Great images captured of the storm's force.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2020 7:11PM
Brave sailors... Wild waters, superb oceanic set...
Isabel GrinGrin
James_C 12 38 57 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2020 8:04PM
Thank you Francis and Isabel.

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