Whilst no major damage occurred, there were a number of minor issues:
Several boats experienced partial headsail unfurls causing damage to the sail, including at least one destroyed. If you have a furling headsail, ensure it is always tightly and completely furled, with several wraps of the sheets around the furled sail. Always secure the furling line to a cleat – do not rely on solely on a clutch. A number of boom covers also ‘opened up’, causing the main sail to fall out. We suggest using sail ties around boom covers as additional security whenever significant weather is forecast.
Boats contacting Marina Arms
Several boats were pressed against the Marina Arms, and even more significantly overhanging the Arms. Ensure your boat is secured so that it cannot contact the Arm. A number of boats were observed having insufficient (or non-existent) spring lines, instead relying entirely on short breast lines. Properly fitted spring lines greatly reduce shock loading and potential damage - if you need any assistance, please see Damien or Kuki.
“A” Mark adrift
“A” mark broke its mooring chain and washed up on West Beach. The mark has been recovered and we hope to have it reinstalled shortly. In the interim, a laid mark will need to be employed for Tower start races.
Gale warnings are well publicised these days, and when are aware of potentially damaging conditions, please make every effort to ensure your vessel is properly secured.
Thanks to everyone who assisted with securing boats and watching out for issues, in particular Greg Blackwood and Dave Sudano (if I missed anyone else my apologies).