Submitted by Greenwich Harbormaster Ian MacMillan, Oct 1, 2015
As Harbormaster of Greenwich the most important issue I face now is getting the word out to the boaters and residents of our coastline that there is a major storm event that may be here Tuesday, October 6.
This event will require all boaters to attend to the safety of their vessels whether on land or sea. In some cases folks will need all the time they can get to make arrangements to move their boats and/or rig storm gear and prepare for the upcoming storm.
The tides are now low during the morning hours which may limit those who wish to pull their keel boats out of the water to make appointments during the few afternoons left. Those who do not pull their boats may wish to use the hurricane gate in Stamford and may require time to make that trip.
I would add that this will be a quick moving wind and rain event with an emphasis on the rain. Bilge pumps should be checked, cleared and backed up with fresh or charged batteries. Items must be secured from the effects of sustained winds of 35 knots or more for at least ten hours. Chafing gear must be in good serviceable condition and, if possible, backed up with extra lines. All rigging must be secure. Sails and canvas tops should be removed. Loose items must be stowed.
Batten down the hatches, Boys, we are in for a bit of a blow!!
“Safe Boating is No Accident”, Good Luck!
Ian Macmillan, Harbormaster, Greenwich, CT