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Oct 31, 2012, 2:21 PM

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Since its landfall on Monday evening October 29, Hurricane Sandy has left a wake of destruction throughout the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States.

Our sport proved particularly vulnerable to the powerful winds and storm surge, with extensive damage being reported among the sailing facilities and venues that our sport relies on.

To help recovery efforts, Scuttlebutt seeks to share information from those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Please post your reports in this thread or send them to info@sailingscuttlebutt.com




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Oct 31, 2012, 2:36 PM

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Oakcliff Sailing Center
4 South Street
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
http://www.oakcliffsailing.org

Oakcliff Sailing Center is a non-profit training center dedicated to raising the level of sailors and sailing in the United States.

From Executive Director Dawn Riley:
No one was sure exactly where or when Sandy would come ashore but we tried to prepare for the worst, tying down all of the boats in the yard to heavy equipment, and moving equipment to the higher ground at 3 South Street.

On Monday, as the storm was approaching, a small team of Oakclifers headed out to do final checks and lengthen the spectra storm lines with flotation attached to minimize the chance of wrapping. By the time we were done it was blowing 30 with solid gusts to 50 knots. As we were tying the final lobster boat, we could hear and see trees shattering in the wind and actually wondered if we were safer staying on the boat. But we headed back to the shop to plastic and sandbag all of the doors with two pallets of sandbags.

The midday high tide came just up to the doors but we knew we had one or two more to go.

Monday night was rough, and when I returned on Tuesday, I was happy to see the Ker 50 floating peacefully in the sunshine. Sadly, that feeling did not last long, as I scanned the horizon and was horrified to see eight masts in a row where the Match 40s had been. We are currently waiting for the arrival of the crane barge to float the boats.

I am holding on to the fact that in the old days this was the way that you prepared for a hurricane: Sink the boats. Thankfully, they do not have any electronics or engines, so hopefully we can rinse and sail. I am trying to stay optimistic, and we have kept ourselves busy from sunrise to sunset cleaning up the clubhouse and the shop that was surrounded by two feet of water with only 2-3 inches getting past the sandbags.

Why did the Match 40s sin? From what we gather, it was just the wave action in that one area, as one other boat and a Shields were just on the other side of the harbor and they were fine with hardly any water in them. Unfortunately, when the wind was at its highest (86 and 91 recorded locally), the Match 40s were at the longest fetch for this part of the mooring field.

There are about 15 or 20 other boats overturned or washed up on a concrete breakwater, so we may feel lucky once we are able to float the Match 40s. All good wishes are appreciate!

UPDATE: All Match 40s have been floated. They survived! Details here: http://www.oakcliffsailing.org/...gorized/sandy-report




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Oct 31, 2012, 2:46 PM

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Mantoloking Yacht Club
Bay Ave & Downer Ave
Mantoloking, NJ 08738

Dear MYC Members

Many you have seen these images but maybe some of you have not. The pictures display the physical damage that our town has suffered. Physical damage can be gut wrenching, heart stopping and certainly stomaching churning, the emotions all of us must have felt as this storm tried to kill our community.

As we all know communities are made up of physical elements, emotional ties and a spirit. Some of our community’s physical elements have been challenged, our emotions have been stretched to almost breaking but our spirit is undaunted.

I try not to ask our Lord for a lot of things, since we all have so much, but in this case I think it is ok to ask for his help and guidance in this most difficult time.

Tom McIntyre
Commodore
Mantoloking Yacht Club

http://www.nj.com/...dy.html#incart_river
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From the MYC website:

Mantoloking is proud to have had ten members who have gone on to be Olympians:

In 1952 Dr. Britton Chance, with his crew of Edgar P. E. White, Sumner W. White III and Michael Schoettle, alternate, won the gold medal in 5.5 meter class in Helsinki, Finland. The other Olympians were Ferdinand P. Schoettle, John Bryant, F. Gardner Cox, Carl Van Duyne, Peter Commette, and Henry Bossett.

In the 1968 Olympics the United States was represented by Mantoloking skippers in two out of five Olympic sailing classes.

In 1969, 1970, and 1977, Jan O'Malley was recognized as Yachtswoman of the Year.

In 1989, Runyon Colie, Jr., was the recipient of the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Trophy, which is "presented annually by The United States Yacht Racing Union to the American sailor who best exemplifies the ideals and traditions of good sportsmanship."

In 2000, the Carl Van Duyne Sportsmanship Memorial was unveiled at the America's Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, Rhode Island. Jonathan Wright crewed on three boats that won the America's Cup. Britton Chance, Jr. designed boats that raced for the America's Cup.





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Oct 31, 2012, 8:21 PM

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Surf City Yacht Club
399 North 9th Street
Surf City, NJ 08008


Darryl Waskow: Our first thoughts are for everyone affected by the storm. Surf City Yacht Club (Surf City, NJ) was damaged by Sandy, but right now the bridge to Long Beach Island is closed and I have to thank the people still on the island for the limited information. The reports and pictures show there was a couple of feet of water above the bulkheads and extensive flooding in the street, marina, and grounds. The main clubhouse is intact but flooded, and docks and grounds will need extensive work. Once the bridge is open again we'll have a better idea of what happened and the status of the club. You can see photos at at the SCYC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/...y-YC/109777862394088




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Oct 31, 2012, 8:23 PM

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Niantic Bay Yacht Club
Niantic, CT


Harlan Fredericksen, Commodore


Niantic Bay Yacht Club is a small sailing club located on the Connecticut shore of eastern Long Island Sound. Our modest clubhouse sits on a sea wall about 7’ above normal high water. A concrete capped stone breakwater, about 3’ above high water, helps protect the clubhouse and floating docks. All club boats were removed to high ground, the upper section of our 70’ flagpole removed, clubhouse doors sealed and sandbagged. Floating docks were pulled and placed in our parking lot and available mushroom anchors tied to them. We have a brand new steel-with-concrete-piers crane dock with a 2000# and 6000# crane. A section of dock decking was removed to relieve wave pressure from underneath.

We were fortunate. The tide was estimated at about 5’ above normal high. The clubhouse was not damaged other than wet carpet from leaking doors. The crane dock had minor damage as some of the wood deck was lifted. The floating docks did just that – float! The anchors held most in the vicinity of the club but a few were in the streets or neighbor’s yards several hundred yards from the club. One decorative fisherman anchor that was pressed into duty at the last minute snagged a telephone pole and saved a group of 8 docks from floating away! Beach erosion was the biggest problem. The concrete breakwater cap, where it meets the beach, was undermined and broken. The town road that parallels the beach as well as our parking lot was totally impassible with two feet of sand covering it.

We were far more fortunate that several homes just a few hundred yards away. The fronts of the homes were completely broken, the foundations washed away and the homes destroyed. The road in that area has up to four feet of sand covering it from the severe beach erosion.

While our electric power is out and probably will be for several more days, we have functioning city water and propane heat. We have opened the club locker rooms as a shower and cleaning facility for those in the neighborhood.

While we have repairs to do (and a lot of sand to move!) we expect to be fully functional by next spring.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who we know have not been as fortunate.




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Nov 1, 2012, 6:15 AM

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* Peter Rugg: Negligible impact on sailing and boating at Fishers Island, NY for the rest of this year and next.

* Robert Bents: Tall ship LYNX was moved up to the Hudson River Maritime Museum (Kingston, NY) to take refuge and faired well. We send our condolences to HMS Bounty family.


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Nov 2, 2012, 7:49 AM

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Dennis Conner's North Cove Offers Dockage to Those in Need

Dennis Conner's North Cove is offering dockage to any vessel in the harbor which needs to move because of damaged facilities or emergency restrictions. Our docks made it through the storm Ok.

We will provide free dockage for up to 5 days to any yacht until the situation stabilizes. If any yacht needs to stay longer, we will offer dockage at 50% off the already reduced winter rate through the month of November.

This offer is meant for emergency situations, not just for convenience. There is currently no power at our marina so vessels must be self-sufficient. We cannot offer charging of batteries or pump-out until the power is restored. We request any yachts arriving at our marina handle their own logistics so that the marina staff can continue working without interruption on the power. We are just a safe haven if needed.

Temporary communication for North Cove at 917-816-3799.

www.TheNorthCove.com


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Nov 2, 2012, 7:50 AM

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After experiencing a "side swipe" from Hurricane Sandy, we are so relieved that Miami and South Florida didn't get the direct hit of a major hurricane that others did - both in the Carribean and on the East Coast. If you would like to help out, one of the easiest things you can do is donate to the Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/. There are dedicated resources for victims of Hurricane Sandy. It's our turn to extend help...and be grateful that we weren't the victims of this powerful storm.

Miami Yacht Club




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Nov 2, 2012, 7:54 AM

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Sailing World photos: http://www.sailingworld.com/...ftermath?pnid=231558


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Nov 2, 2012, 7:55 AM

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02352


Dear Maritime Family,
The federal government has decided to activate the T.S. Kennedy for service in support of the relief efforts in the New York/New Jersey area, so devastated by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. Kennedy will be used as a floating hotel, providing a safe, clean place to sleep with electricity, hot showers, and hot food for up to 650 rescue personnel (first responders, police, national guard, power company employees, FEMA employees, etc.).

Already the ship's officers and crew, aided by cadets are getting her ready to sail on the high tide at 1239 on Sunday, 4 November 2012. Engineers are warming the fuel oil and chilling the ice boxes. We will have her up and on her own steam power by Saturday and continue to check all systems to safely get underway Sunday afternoon.Three or four trailer trucks of food will arrive on Saturday (about half a normal sea term load) so the Chartwells staff who will accompany the ship on this mission will be ready to serve hot food as soon as the Kennedy gets docked. Although the destination may change, she appears to be headed for Elizabeth City, NJ. We expect her to be gone for at least 30 days but again, we will need to remain flexible as the needs change.

The 61 senior cadets who currently live aboard Kennedy are moving their gear off and we have rented rooms at the Bay Motor Inn in Buzzards Bay and the Quality Inn in Bourne for the month of November so that they are close by campus and we can minimize the inconvenience to them. Most have their own vehicles but we will institute a shuttle service to get them to campus if needed. Meals will still be here in Pande Hall for them (although they will appreciate the daily maid service at the hotels).

Most of our professional ship's force (the engineering and deck officers and the crew) will also go on this mission, augmented by additional officers and crew hired on just for this evolution. No faculty will be going to minimize the disruption to classes. Unfortunately, because we are in the middle of our academic term, cadets will not be able to accompany the ship or assist in this important humanitarian mission this time.

This is an important activation for MMA and an opportunity to showcase the multimission capability of the training ship but it is a terrible tragedy for those living along the NY/NJ shore. Please keep the people affected by Sandy in your thoughts and prayers - it will be a long time before their lives will get back to "normal". We are proud to be able to assist them during this difficult time in their lives.

Thank you for your understanding - especially the understanding and patience of the 61 displaced seniors.

Regards,
Rick Gurnon




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Nov 2, 2012, 7:56 AM

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Larchmont YC suffered extensive damage due to high water from Sandy. The famous "Pandemonium" was knocked around but the dance floor will be back in business in 2013. With extensive pier damage to all 3 piers, IC Winter Sailing will be slightly delayed but back up and running in no time.



Lincoln White
Waterfront Director
Larchmont Yacht Club
One Woodbine Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 468-7736 Office
(914) 482-3814 Mobile
(914) 834-1202 Fax
Lycwaterfront@gmail.com
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Nov 2, 2012, 8:05 AM

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Hempstead Harbour Club
Glen Cove, NY.

From Anne Kochendorfer:
Our clubhouse is right over the water on the north shore of Long Island. At the high tide Monday night we had 18 inches of water in the clubhouse. This exceeded our previous level of 15 inches in the Nor'easter 92. We were very lucky, with just some damage to our main dock ramp and our swim dock. We have survived worse, like when we had a fire burn down almost all of the club house in 1981. A handful of boats stored on land for the winter blew over and a couple of boats were damaged by a tree that fell on their boats. You can see in the picture the masts that aren't vertical.





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Nov 2, 2012, 3:47 PM

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A note from the Commodore of Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT:


Members –

Thanks to the tireless work of Trey and the staff and help from members who cleared out the drystall area – and to a lower-than-expected storm surge – CPYC’s boats and buildings were spared any significant damage by Sandy. The water came within an inch of the first floor of the clubhouse but no further – and nothing in the building even got wet. It crested about two feet below the tops of the pilings, thanks in part to a wind shift to the south before the peak tide. The water was about a foot higher than Irene, and the workshop/junior sailing building had about four feet up the walls, so drywall on the ground floor will need to be replaced and the wiring inspected.



The biggest impact was on the beach, landscaping, seawall, parking lot and the playground. There’s about a foot of sand, rocks and shells in the driveway and clubhouse parking lot, most of it washed up from the beach. Some 2- and 3-foot boulders from the seawall were pushed 10 feet into the parking lot and onto the lawn by the force of the surge. Parts of the seawall are gone and the lawn along the rocks eroded. The playground is the biggest mess, with much of the fence gone, tree roots exposed and some of the equipment damaged.

More pictures of the club and docks are on the Cedar Point homepage.

Trey, Justin and Matt have been hard at work cleaning up, hauling shells and debris off the lawns and hosing salt water off the plantings. A Bobcat and possibly other equipment was set to begin working today to put the beach back where it belongs and to start rebuilding the seawall. Trey expects to have most debris on the parking lot cleared away by the end of the weekend and most everything rebuilt in about a week. The power company at the moment says we should have electricity back Monday or Tuesday.

We ask that no LASERS or winter storage boats be brought back to the club until Saturday 11/10 at the earliest. This will help us speed up the restoration of the property.

All in all, things could have been much, much worse.


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No loose boats in Marion, MA. Tree damage but not as bad as Irene. Gloria and Bob were much worse than either. - Dick Kilroy


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Nov 4, 2012, 5:28 PM

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraiser
The Newport Buzz Team & The Face Show are combining forces to call on our Rhode Island community to come together and help with Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts. Details: http://www.indiegogo.com/sandyri




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Nov 6, 2012, 8:35 AM

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From Jackie Cattanach, 3rd Rear Commodore, Monmouth Boat Club:
Hurricane Sandy certainly devastated Monmouth Boat Club (Red Bank, NJ). The Navesink River rose 8 to 11 feet, washing away most of our docks and boats stored in the yard. One stack of three docks remains in the yard, one is behind the ice boat clubhouse which shares the same parking lot, one is on top of the marina's dock next door, and many floated across the river as did most of our boats.

One Carolina boat was upside down in the lagoon but rescued by a number of members including one who donned his dry suit and jumped in the water. The other Carolina boat was right side up and found down the river. The Committee Boat was already on land at a marina and is fine. Most of the missing Optis have been found and many of the boats left in the yard for winter storage floated across the river. The club's Flying Scots were located and towed back to the club, one still attached to the trailer, a testament to the sturdiness of the boat.

As for the clubhouse, even though it has weathered flooding before, most recently with Hurricane Irene, this time the water was 6 feet deep. The single door facing the water was ripped off the hinges and the first floor was flooded with water and mud. The water made it almost to the second floor and the electrical panel was destroyed as was the ice machine. We were very lucky the building did not catch fire, as transformers popped all across the area. The wiring on the first floor will have to be replaced, along with the furnace, water heater and ice machine. The utilities have been turned off until further assessment can be made.

Photos can be viewed at: http://www.flickr.com/...37162/in/photostream

We are a club that depends on volunteers to maintain the facilities and run the operations and many of those same volunteers were adversely affected by the storm on a personal level. Despite the destruction, the members will pull together to restore and improve our beautiful house on the river.




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Nov 7, 2012, 8:58 AM

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* A new storm that threatened to complicate Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts on Wednesday now looks like it will be weaker than expected. As the storm moves up the Atlantic coast from Florida it now is expected to veer farther offshore than earlier projections, but could still gust to 50 mph in New York and New Jersey Wednesday afternoon and evening. Lauren Nash, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, said wind gusts might blow down tree limbs weakened from Sandy and cause more power outages. On Wednesday night, gusts may occasionally reach 60 mph in coastal Connecticut and Long Island, she said. --Full report: http://tinyurl.com/NE-110612

* Coast Guard Sector New York urges boat owners to contact the sector command center at 718-354-4120 to inquire or to provide information on any missing or derelict boats since Hurricane Sandy made landfall. The Coast Guard will not salvage vessels but will work with boat owners to locate their vessel or provide information for commercial salvage. -- http://tinyurl.com/CG1-110612

* The Hurricane Sandy Pollution Response Unified Command is responding to numerous areas throughout New York and New Jersey with environmental threats caused by Hurricane Sandy. Below are some of the responses as of Nov. 4, 2012:

- Collection of 457,519 gallons of oily water mixture in Sewaren, N.J.
- Approximately 7,770 gallons of fuel was reportedly spilled in Linden, N.J.
- Recovered 780,000 gallons of oily/water mixture in Pert Amboy, N.J.
- Over 100 vessels observed ashore and approx. 40 more sunken along N.J.
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/CG2-110612


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Nov 7, 2012, 12:02 PM

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(November 5, 2012) - A week ago today, superstorm Sandy powered ashore, making landfall in the U.S. and wreaking havoc across the northeast. Damage estimates now reach as high as $50 billion, which would make Sandy the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history. At least 113 lives were lost across 10 states, and more than 1 million people are still without power across New York and New Jersey. Where the damage was worst, aid workers, National Guardsmen, soldiers, and groups of civilian volunteers arrived, bringing supplies, beginning cleanup, providing what was needed -- in many cases, neighbor helping neighbor. Collected here are images of Sandy recovery from just the past weekend, showing what has been accomplished so far and the massive amount of work that remains to be done: http://www.theatlantic.com/...fter-landfall/100399


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* As a public health and safety precaution, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is advising recreational boaters, anglers and crabbers to temporarily avoid the waters of northern Barnegat Bay, from Barnegat Light to Point Pleasant, and is advising residents not to eat any fish, crustaceans or shellfish from these waters because of potential contamination from pathogens - bacteria and viruses. Water sampling in the area is showing elevated levels of contaminants, likely because of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, which knocked several waste water treatment facilities in the state offline, resulting in the temporary runoff of effluents into some waterways, according to a statement issued by Gov. Chris Christie. -- Soundings, read on: http://tinyurl.com/TOT-110712

* Damage estimates now reach as high as $50 billion, which would make Sandy the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane in history. At least 113 lives were lost across 10 states, and more than 1 million people are still without power across New York and New Jersey. Where the damage was worst, aid workers, National Guardsmen, soldiers, and groups of civilian volunteers arrived, bringing supplies, beginning cleanup, providing what was needed -- in many cases, neighbor helping neighbor. Collected here are images of Sandy recovery from just the past weekend, showing what has been accomplished so far and the massive amount of work that remains to be done: http://tinyurl.com/TA-110712


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From: Denis Farley
To: <editor@sailingscuttlebutt.com>
Subject: Sandy photo
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:27:02 -0500




Sandy caused a lot of devastation at the Jersey shore. We live on a high spot in Monmouth Beach, NJ so we did just fine, but many others were flooded and literally had to throw out everything. All this stuff has been picked up and deposited at the parking lot of the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion before being taken to a landfill. Some of the workers used their imagination with discarded items.



Denis Farley
Monmouth Boat Club, Red Bank, NJ


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 Update from Lightning class fleets in hard hit region: http://www.lightningclass.org/...2/hurricanesandy.asp

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