This morning Akaroa awoke to the sound of rain on the roof, it was mild and a warm NW rain had reached our little bit of paradise, a relatively rare occurrence.
Mid morning the weather clagged from the southerly quarter as predicted, The Sea Princess was barely visible at 800 meters moored off Wainui.
The lighters were bringing passengers ashore at the Akaroa main wharf at 100 per trip.
My good friend at the information center was very surprised that the boat had even come into the harbour let alone continued to bring passengers ashore.
Since Midday the weather has deteriorated with continuous rain and since late anoon the winds predicted to gust to 140 kph have battered us.
Some 800 passengers are unable to return to the "Love Boat" but love may be an absent emotion.
I would have said "no way jose" at 0800 hrs but clearly someone with a very advanced sence of ability has made a very different assessment and I hope the people in charge of the ship have taken the cruise liner out of the harbour as destructive squalls are making our house shudder. They are of a strength that often results in moored yachts in much more sheltered bays break moorings and founder.
The ship is on her own, there are no tugs and precious little assistance if anything goes pearshaped
Maybe it was the captains birthday? Maybe he got his ticket on line, here's hoping it all turns out ok, hope is about all that is left.
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