Sometimes A Yuge Wall Is A Good Idea

We are “enjoying” the third day of our first Mediterranean winter storm and it has been a powerful one.

Three days of Northeasterly winds consistently in the 25-30 knot range, and seas that keep building by the hour.  Supposedly the storm will peak tonight (around midnight of course!) with winds gusting into the 40 plus knot range, and seas exceeding 15ft in height. I am glad to be “safely” tied up in the harbor.

When I first saw the scale and height of the seawall outside our marina, I thought to myself that it seemed a bit over done.  Not long afterwards someone told me that during the Winter there would be a few times when the seas broke over the wall.

I didn’t believe them.

Now I do!!


It’s Raining Mud!!


Today, Deb was confused to see me standing in the pouring rain, with a hose in my hand, spraying off the boat.  I can understand why someone would be confused by that visual, but this rain was no ordinary rain.  This rain was carrying dust from the Sahara and dumping it all over my boat!

According to Wikipedia, 

Rain dust or snow dust, traditionally known as muddy rain, red rain, or coloured rain, is a variety of rain (or any other form of precipitation) which contains enough desert dust for the dust to be visible without using a microscope.

Rain dust is common in the Western Mediterranean, where the dust supply comes from the atmospheric depressions going through the northern part of North Africa. The main sources of desert dust reach the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands in the form of dust transported by wind or rain from the Western Sahara, Atlas Mountains in Moroccoand Central Algeria.[1]

Feeling Small

Generally, Morpheus feels like a pretty big boat.  But, here at EMV this Winter we’ve been placed right next to the 145′ Super Yacht Mirabella III and that makes us look like a toy boat.  On the plus side, they make a fantastic wind block!!