Big kudos go to Chris Cooke and his right hand man, Shaggy, who expertly lifted Saralane off her side and set her upright again without incident. VGYH then moved Saralane to her to a new spot with their trailer. Chris and his father Geof Cooke have been instrumental in getting rigging untangled and boats righted. With the absence of any meaningful communication from yard management, Geof's wife Candy was the primary conduit for information about what was happening there. Without the Cooke's crane, their professionalism, persistance and determination to help however they could, the yard would still be a mess of tangled rigging and toppled boats.
Back to some photos from Saralane just before she was righted - this view across the yard from her tilted deck gives a sense of the scope of the work still to be done. Not a single mast was upright and most were broken.
|Top of our mast, tangled with rigging from a neighboring boat|
|Unsalvageable things headed for the trash bin|
|Skip captured a wave for me from Maurice.... hi Maurice!|
|Broken masts tagged with boat names and lined up in the yard|
|Broken palms at the entrance to the yard. Irma tore the second floor (the yard office) off the building.|
|VGYH fuel and water dock, with upside down catamaran|
|One view of the marina at VGYH|
|Broken docks and boats|
|'La Boheme', our friend Clinton's 60' Gulfstar where she sank in the marina|
|La Boheme's mast|
|Where Buck's grocery store used to be|
|Shops of VGYH all boarded up|
|Masts in Nanny Cay|
|A boat stand punched through this hull in VGYH...|
|...and this one in Nanny Cay.|
|Even this boat in a cradle in Nanny Cay was badly damaged|
|The Fat Virgin Cafe|
|Work boats tossed up on the shore|
|Peg Legs at Nanny Cay|
|Our favorite new laundry in Trellis Bay was reduced to a concrete pad and a few machines covered with tarps.|
|Trellis Bay shoreline|
|Aragorn's studio, gallery and shops in Trellis Bay|
|Files drying out on a friend's boat, weighted down with a block and flipper and tape|
We're feeling good about having made some progress on the ground in Virgin Gorda though things inside the boat are still a mess. Next step for us is a battle (er... "negotiation") with our insurance company.
I'll leave you with one last look at Saralane as Skip left her, and a promise to post updates as things change.
|She's the only one standing in this photo|