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Another Storm

by Crew - 13:58 on 10 March 2012

Another Storm hit Malta yesterday and is due to be with us until Monday evening.  Winds hit 50 knots overnight with the seas getting up to 8 metres.  As its a NE wind its known as the Gregale. All the passenger vessels and cruise ships disappeared during the morning, along with all the motor boats that were tied up on Manoel Island Pontoon.  This morning we took a walk around the sea front - there are some sad sights with the fishermens little lukka's sunk, a wooden harbour cruise boat wrecked after breaking loose and rolling over 2 or 3 small wooden boats and crashing into the wall.  Frantic attempts to pump it out and keep it afloat were, I believe, in vain as it was listing badly to Starboard.  A lovely red rib tied up alongside the wall on Friday evening burst and was craned out this morning.

The storm is due to continue through Sunday and Monday with another peak of winds on Sunday afternoon and down to about 28 knots on Monday afternoon.  We are not allowed into the yacht yard to check on Red Ruth as it is deemed to dangerous to have mere mortals walking around between the boats. 

You can watch the seas at Sliema on this link:

 

Comment from Lorraine at 13:57 on 13 March 2012.
Monday 12 March - we woke to decreasing winds but still a huge swell rolling along the Sliema Strand. Some of the cruise ships are back, the coastguard were on standby in the morning whilst a yacht was re-moored and at the very head of the creek a boat has sunk unexpectedly. Winds due to die down during Tuesday.

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