Strong winds sink boat at Charlottetown Yacht Club

Maureen Coulter
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Boat owners looked on in horror as their vessels hung onto the docks for dear life as post-tropical storm Arthur’s winds pummeled the Charlottetown Yacht Club Saturday evening.

By 7 p.m., one boat had already sunk while others broke off their moorings and masts continued to get knocked down from the boats moving so much in the water.

The winds down by the waterfront really started to pick up around 5:30 to 6 p.m., at some points reaching 55-60 knots and it hasn’t let off since, said vice commodore Kerry Marsh.

“We have had significantly high winds and unfortunately they are coming from the south and the west and that is the worst direction for our club because there is no protection from the land.”

As the wind howled and the waves crashed, the members at the Charlottetown Yacht Club are really at a loss, said Marsh.

“They really can’t do anything. They are sitting back and its really too dangerous to even go out on one of the docks to tie a line down or anything like that. We brought in emergency measures now where we are keeping people off the docks and away from some of the boats.”

Mohamed Mahjoubi is one of those onlookers with his boat docked at the yacht club.

“Right now I can see my boat and I can’t do anything.”

Mahjoubi is vacationing to P.E.I. from Montreal and arrived in Charlottetown on his boat 10 days ago. With a coffee in hand, he looks out at the marina as massive waves consume the docks.

“The storm is unbelievable.”

However it’s not just the boats in the water that are at risk; the boats in the parking lot are as well.

Marsh said the boats in the parking lot are rocking at dangerous levels and masts could come down.

“Right now it’s extremely dangerous here. We ask the public not to come down and site see at the yacht club. It’s not a good place to be right now. “

Organizations: Charlottetown Yacht Club

Geographic location: P.E.I., Montreal, Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • Lloyd
    July 07, 2014 - 07:03

    If they don,t care about their boats why should we? No insurance for stupidity. Too bad they all did,nt sink.

  • don
    July 06, 2014 - 07:53

    maybe in the insurance company says sorry we will not cover the damage as you were all warned of the storm. you would think after 2003 and 2010 they would have learned but NO. back in juan they were offered the club in s'side but they said no and remember the damage then. well maybe next time LOL.

    • Relax
      July 06, 2014 - 10:31

      Negative people lacking grammar skills... Everyone must get their say in about other's misfortune. Keep your negative opinions to yourself, have some respect for others.

    • Robert.G
      July 06, 2014 - 23:23

      And you can keep yours to yourself pity for stupidness of leaving your boat in an approaching storms..i hope none of them are covered.

  • observer
    July 06, 2014 - 06:20

    While I have sympathy for these folks ,to have a yacht clearly indicates they are of some means.The elderly couple who lost a lot of shingles and have no insurance are truely hurt by the storm,or the single mom who lost her refrigerator full of food due to no power and has to scrimp to replace it.They won't even get a mention.

  • joe boater
    July 06, 2014 - 00:31

    a lot of the people that own boats down at the cyc and peakes quay either don't have the cash to take their boats out of the water when it is calling for bad weather, or have better insurance than I do, mine came out yesterday, after only 5 days in the water cause I listened to the forecast no pity for anyone that has damage after this is over

  • Charles
    July 05, 2014 - 21:21

    Time to build a hurricane proof pier, third time will not be a charm. Most clubs have moorings that members move boats to.

  • Windblown
    July 05, 2014 - 19:52

    We all had plenty of warning that this storm was coming. Why were these boats still in the water?