A Summerside male sailing around the world is taking shelter at a port in the Azores as Hurricane Lorenzo rumbles towards the Portuguese islands.
A Summerside guy cruising around the world is taking shelter at a port in the Azores as Cyclone Lorenzo thunders toward the Portuguese islands.
P.E.I.’s Alan Mulholland cruised his eight-metre boat the Wave Rover from the island of Flores over to Horta to escape the eye of the Category 2 typhoon, which is anticipated to pass straight over Flores Tuesday night and into Wednesday.
” The harbour master, when I left Flores, stated this is going to be an extremely unsafe harbour,” stated Mulholland.
” The harbour isn’t that well secured.”
All the fishing boats have been taken out of the harbour at Flores.
Investing the night away from his boat
Mulholland said conditions in Horta are also expected to be bad, with end up to 170 km per hour.
The harbour in Horta is better protected, he stated, but there is still the capacity for serious damage.
” It’ll be nine hours that will coincide, sadly, with a high tide, and it’s an extremely high tide that we’re having in the last few days. It comes within about a foot of the top of the breakwater,” he stated.
” With the additional pressure from the cyclone and the winds and the swell, we’re anticipating water to breach the breakwater, which will be an added issue for all the boat owners and homeowner.”
Alan Mulholland developed this video of some of his experiences crossing the Atlantic.
The harbour master in Horta advised getting as much as possible off the deck of the boat, and doubling the lines from 4 to at least eight. Mulholland will have 12 lines protecting his boat.
Sailors have also been told not to stay on their boats. Mulholland will remain in a close-by club, where he stated he has no issues about his own individual security.
He can now only hope the Wave Rover isn’t damaged in the storm.
Mulholland left Summerside late in July and arrived in the Azores late in August for rest and repair work.
If all goes well he will continue his journey, heading for the Canary Islands, in about 3 weeks. From there he will cross the Atlantic once again and travel through the Panama Canal to the Pacific.