Strong winds sink boat at Charlottetown Yacht Club

Maureen Coulter comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on July 5, 2014

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. “

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A boat is dashed against the rocks and the Charlottetown boardwalk as tropical storm force winds pound Prince Edward Island Saturday.

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Waves pound a boat against the dock at the Charlottetown Yacht Club.

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The mast of a boat that sank at the Charlottetown Yacht Club sticks out of the churning water.

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A boat was damaged as waves smashed it adgainst the dock at the yacht club.

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A boat owner frantically tries to secure a boat with additional lines to keep it from beinbg smashed at the Dock.

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A member of the Charlottetown Yacht Club leaps from a boat after making sure the lines were secure.

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The dock that this boat was moored to broke apart and the boat broke free.

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Waves continued to pound this boat against the dock.

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These boats did not break their lines, but the waves tossed them around.

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ARTHUR DAMAGE

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Not all the damage was at the Charlottetown Yacht Club. This large tree on Richmond Street came down across power lines knocking out power to some homes in the area

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Strong winds sink boat at Charlottetown Yacht Club

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The mast of a sunken vessel sticks up from the water while other boats at the Charlottetown Yacht Club crash against each other during Saturday evening's high winds.

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