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Good Jibes #69: Clear the Decks, Batten the Hatches! Get Storm Ready (Verbatim)

Welcome to Good Jibes. This week we’re casting off with a story from the January 2022 issue of Latitude 38 Sailing Magazine, “Clear the Decks, Batten the Hatches! Get Storm Ready.” Read by fellow sailor and host Monica Grant, the story tells of Mary SwiftSwan’s response to the “atmospheric bomb” storm that wreaked havoc across the Bay in October 2021. Mary spoke with the USCG and various harbormasters to survey the aftermath along the Bay Area’s waterfront, which included 18 boats destroyed or reported with damage, one mystery-slick trace, and one boat helped with no damage — though actual numbers could be much higher. She also tells about the dramatic grounding, the rescue of the crew, and the loss of Anthem, one of the fleet at Afterguard Sailing Academy in Oakland.

Good Jibes story Get Storm Ready
Anthem eventually ran aground on Brooks Island.
© 2022 Mary SwiftSwan

This episode covers everything from major storms to rescue missions. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear:

  • How bad was the October 2021 storm?
  • What boats were lost in the storm?
  • How did the Coast Guard get involved?
  • What’s involved in rescuing the crew?
  • How do you prepare your boat for winter storms?
  • What do you do if your boat blows away?
  • How do you survey the damage of storms?
  • Does insurance help when it comes to natural disasters?

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Check out Mary’s winter-storm prep checklist and get your boat ready for this season’s winter storms.

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