Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The enduring lesson was prepare for the worst.
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- Terry Date
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday at Fisherman's Beach was a tranquil day, a stark contrast to the bustle at the beach's boat ramp exactly one year ago. On Monday, a few gulls cried at the shore. They lifted their beaks and let go rapid high-pitched cries that slowed to silence. One hundred motor boats and sailboats sat almost still at their harbor moorings. Women sat on beach chairs reading and chatting. A young man tossed a triangular boomerang into the onshore breeze. It stretched to the sea like an elastic before dutifully returning. The temperature was perfect. The sky blue. The air smelled faintly of salt, mud, sea shells and seaweed. A year ago, the day before turbulent seas churned by the remants of Hurricane Irene arrived, boat owners lined the Fisherman'…
Monday, June 11, 2012
The two Recreation Department sailboats that were swept from Fisherman's Beach to Nahant in last week's storm survived the ride without damage.
1) Newsbit of the Day: The two Recreation Department sailboats that were swept from the beach to Nahant in last week's storm survived the ride without damage. Sailing team members were to clean up all the racing boats in the Rec. Dept. fleet and check their lines for fraying over the weekend, the recreation director said. 2) Swampscott Scholars: On Sunday, May 20, Rachel Ann Mosakowski graduated from Clark University in Worcester with a Master of Business Administration. Mosakowski is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. 3) Food For Thought: Chili garlic sauce by Tuong Ot Toi Viet-Nam is good stuff. Great to add to stir fry or serve with chicken, pasta or fish. It's available in grocery stores and costs about $3 for an 18-oz…
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Sailboats at the pier on Wednesday.
Sailboats were docked at the floats at the end of the town pier Wednesday as the tide was going out.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
On Monday boat owners got their sailboats back to their moorings, lashed to the town pier or retrieved from rocks.
The day broke clear and calm and the air smelled clean in Swampscott on Monday. It contrasted with the clammy and stormy weather over the weekend. Boat owners whose vessels tore loose from moorings went to work Monday retrieving their vessels. Here is some footage of the retrieval and recovery work.
Many of the 18 boats' pendants frayed from rubbing and snapped. A good rule of thumb is to watch the commercial fishermen.
About 18 boats tore free from moorings in Swampscott during the weekend's storm, largely a product of frayed pendants, said local mooring man Harris Tibbetts. Many of those boats were large sailboats, a majority of which appeared to receive minor damage; a few boats, including at least one sailboat, were destroyed. Susan Booras of Swampscott said that her family's boat, Moira, a 25-foot sailboat, received minor damage. After its cleat tore loose on Sunday, the 25-footer, landed on King's Beach. Family and friends anchored the vessel, and other vessels. Then, later, when the tide rolled in, they returned Moira to its Fisherman's Beach mooring. Steve Banks' 30-foot sailboat Hillarity — the name came with the vessel — received but slight …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Three young men and a young woman anchored a wave-tossed sailboat that was drifting toward shore Sunday.
Three young men and a young woman anchored a wave-tossed sailboat that was drifting toward shore Sunday. At the end of the video, two people hold the anchor line to another sailboat that was moved from a spot near the rocks to a better anchor spot. Sailboat owners planned to return to their boats on Monday to move them back to Fisherman's Beach.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Swampscott boat owners watched as boats snapped free one by one today.
Susan Booras and other boat owners watched the storm-driven waves from the Swampscott Yacht Club today at high tide when the lines in the harbor started to snap. "It was so sad," she said. "They went, 'snap, snap, snap.'" One after another more than a dozen boats broke free from their mooring lines. The mooring line was tied to a cleat on the deck of the Booras's boat, Moira, a 25-foot sailboat that they have owned for a year. The cleat was ripped from the deck. About 10 sailboats ranging from 24-36 feet broke free from their lines. They bobbed and rocked in the rough seas and drifted at an angle toward shore, most landing along King's Beach. Bill Sullivan's Irish Eyes landed closest to the beach's sea wall. As the tide went out, the blue …
More than a dozen boats snapped free of their mooring lines in Swampscott Harbor earlier today. Most of them drifted to King's Beach or just off the beach. A few crashed against rocks and the shore close to Fisherman's Beach.
More than a dozen boats snapped free of their mooring lines in Swampscott Harbor earlier today. Most of them drifted to King's Beach or just off the beach. A few crashed against rocks and the shore close to Fisherman's Beach. Owners scrambled to secure them, protecting the vessels from smashing against the sea wall at King's Beach come high tide. A few boats that landed against rocks elsewhere were badly damaged.