Saturday, June 2, 2012

Tornado Through Home Port

I was able to survey the Hampton Yacht Club this am.  It truly is amazing that no one was injured.  The first evening of post race parties of the Southern Bay Race was happening at 8:15 when event staff and yacht club management directed everybody in the surrounding area to get into the hallway of the yacht club.  Event staff hurriedly carried one disabled volunteer to safety and moments later the storm's path crossed right through the small boat storage area.  The many small boats of the junior sailing program were thrown in a direct path to where everyone was just partying.  Great thinking by the event staff and HYC management!

Three of the four building of the club have severe damage.  The lower floor of the main building lost a majority of the front pane windows.  The lounge area is completely open to the weather.  The administration building lost two-thirds of its roof.  The adjacent rental property suffered roof damage and is missing its front doors.

All keel boats that were in dry storage where knocked over off of their trailers.  The only damage I noticed to boats in the water was from unfurled jib sails.  My boat was spared from damage.

 Damage to the front of the club's lounge.

The tumblers and burgees are still in-place.

 Where the small boats belong.

Where the Southern Bay Race Week party was happening.

The small boats passed through the party tent area. What remains of 
this Opti's stern is entangled in the club's railing.

 All trailer large boats were displaced from their trailers.

 Minimal damage to the floating boats.

'7' and '8' were meant to be together!