17 October

Inktober day 17 and today’s word is Storm. A storm is defined as winds of force 10 on the Beaufort scale. In 20 years of being in the Coastguard I was lucky enough to avoid being at sea in a storm, the only time was as a passenger on a truck ferry returning from France to Poole. I think it was the Purbeck. I was in a bunk across the ship so as it rolled I stood on my feet and then my head, even I found sleep impossible in those conditions. I have sailed in a gale (force 8) on a yacht racing in the channel and thoroughly enjoyed it but never a storm.

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