Hurricane Sailing, Caught in Cyclonic Storm Ana

We are posting this in somewhat reverse order. Experts in everything – Hold your criticisms, as we will post what lead up to this situation.

But in short, we were delivering Black Diamond from the Abacos Bahamas to Newport Rhode Island offshore in time for the Volvo Ocean, in-port races. When we left the weather was clear, and the forecast did not show any such activity in the direction we were heading. Sailing offshore a day and half out, a Tropical Storm formed, that became cyclonic just like a hurricane, and was named Ana. The wind speed reached 57 knots, just 3 knots short of being a CAT 1 hurricane. We sailed the edge of this storm, for about 3 days, and successfully out-ran it as it went inland and dissipated.

After Cyclonic Tropical Storm Ana went inland, we made good time around Cape Hatteras around the Carolinas. Then a day or two after the storm dissipated she shot out violent individual thunder storms that moved offshore, but unfortunately right over top of us. This was the worst we felt in this whole experience, and the video below shows some of what we were able to capture.

Our 6 day voyage turned into 9 days and we were still 235 miles offshore, and having a hard time beating up-wind and 15-20 foot swells in the direction of Newport.

NEXT VIDEO: Stay tuned for a mid-Atlantic Volvo style refuel by a Russian Oil tanker.


s/v Black Diamond

With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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