Monday, August 18, 2008

The Pawfect Storm

On the Afternoon of August 8th Mom, Dad, and I set sail from Mount Sinai, NY to Northport Harbor, NY. The marine radio was beeping and making all kinds of noises about violent storms and mariners should seek safe harbor. It was a beautiful sunny day even as we passed Port Jefferson. The Nexrad Radar was showing evil looking storms moving east over Connecticut and moving east over the south shore of Long Island, nowhere near us. We continued west transiting Smithtown Bay. We had some snacks and some yummy treats.

Mom kept checking the Radar and all was clear until we were about an hour from the mouth of Huntington Harbor. There was a big red ugly blob headed our way.

It was too late to turn tail and run; the race was on for the harbor entrance.

The sky was getting very scary looking.

Well lets just say the storm was faster than us. Over the next 15 minutes or so there was a lot of holy poop going on. In the blink of an eye the wind went from 15knts to 25knts all the way to 39knts. It felt like someone shoved Sailor Dance. The wind was making a howling sound water was flying everywhere. My fowl weather gear was below and I was getting drenched. Dad told Mom to grab the wheel while he wrestled with the sail which was making loud thrashing noises. Big waves were coming up over the front of the boat and dousing Dad. There were evil flashes of lightening. I was tethered with my leash, so I walked around Mom and the steering pedestal so she would be wrapped up and not fall overboard.

When things settled down Dad could take pictures again.

I was drenched from head to paw. I had to use the wind to dry off.

Mom did a fine job steering the boat.

Here is the Eatons Neck lighthouse. There is a nice protected anchorage there. To bad we didn't make it.

Is anyone but me keeping a lookout?

Umm you might want to checkout this evil storm headed our way.

All ahead full Mom. It's getting closer.

We finally did out run the storm and found our mooring. There was a glorious rainbow to greet us when we finally got tied off.

The sunset was beautiful as well.

The next day we went into Northport Village to take in the sites. But not before getting a good nights sleep.

Luna Licks.


Maggie and Mitch said...

What a scary experience! We're glad you didn't fall overboard, Luna! What awesome photos!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Dewey Dewster said...

Gee Luna...

Ya lead an excitin' life but one that I could live without....we don't like storms...bein' right in one is downright scary....but yer Mom 'n Dad did a good job keepin' ya upright and safe...and the rainbow is just beautiful...ya just don't see them too often...glad yer back...

Dewey Dewster here.....

Asta said...

That was aclose one..thankd do g you'we all OK
Youw Mom loks pawfect as the skippew..and those photos awe suwe have some fabooloous adventoowes//maybe next summew I can come along, hehe
smoochie kisses STAY SAFE?

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

That was very scary, Luna! We're sure glad you are all okay. We just had 4 days of rain from Tropical Storm Fay, but no severe weather like you had. Your mom and dad must do a great job of steering!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Eric said...

Luna, geewizz- how scarey! You did a fine job protecting Mom and staying calm in the storm.Thank dog you were on lookout watch. The sunset and rainbow photos were pretty, pawsonally think they woud of been prettier if you were in them too!!! Wags, Eric