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Ex-hurricane Alex heads to the UK (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/n...shtml?newX=200

Brace yourself for another summer storm this weekend as the remnants of
ex-hurricane Alex head towards the UK.

The storm conditions are not good news for four Britons trying to set a new
Atlantic world rowing record. The crew of the Pink Lady have been at sea for
38 days now, having rowed over 1680 miles from St John's in Newfoundland.

They have less than 420 miles left to reach the "Lizard meridian" - a line
that stretches from Lizard Point in Cornwall to the Ushant lighthouse in
Cape Finisterre in Brittany. They must do so by 23 August in order to break
the world record for the fastest North Atlantic row from Canada.

The four-man crew has already encountered adverse weather conditions, from
rough seas that set off their emergency beacon, to four times as many
icebergs as usual off the Canadian coastline. They even got a battering from
a freak 45 ft (14 m) wave.

But this weekend's storms could be the fiercest that the Pink Lady has seen.
If the boat ends up near the deep low pressure system set to form, it will
be lashed by gale-force winds and torrential downpours. The crew may well
have to ride out the storm from their cabins for two days.

Not everyone is dismayed by the imminent storm. Surfers across southwest
England are eagerly anticipating - if the number of exclamation marks on one
surfing website is anything to go by - what may well be the best summer surf
for many a year.

The swell was already good on Saturday for the Boardmasters at Fistral Beach
in Newquay. Sadly the festival doesn't last until Monday, when the surf "is
looking HUGE and an all-time classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

BBC world

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Bjorn Viaene wrote:

They have less than 420 miles left to reach the "Lizard meridian" - a line
that stretches from Lizard Point in Cornwall to the Ushant lighthouse in
Cape Finisterre in Brittany. They must do so by 23 August in order to break
the world record for the fastest North Atlantic row from Canada.

The four-man crew has already encountered adverse weather conditions, from
rough seas that set off their emergency beacon, to four times as many
icebergs as usual off the Canadian coastline. They even got a battering from
a freak 45 ft (14 m) wave.

But this weekend's storms could be the fiercest that the Pink Lady has seen.
If the boat ends up near the deep low pressure system set to form, it will
be lashed by gale-force winds and torrential downpours. The crew may well
have to ride out the storm from their cabins for two days.


Too late - they were all rescued after the boat was split in two. You've
got to really feel for them, 80% of the way through, and this happens.
At least they were all rescued alive.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3545720.stm

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"Bjorn Viaene" wrote in message
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Ex-hurricane Alex heads to the UK (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/n...shtml?newX=200

Brace yourself for another summer storm this weekend as the remnants of
ex-hurricane Alex head towards the UK.

The storm conditions are not good news for four Britons trying to set a

new
Atlantic world rowing record. The crew of the Pink Lady have been at sea

for
38 days now, having rowed over 1680 miles from St John's in Newfoundland.

They have less than 420 miles left to reach the "Lizard meridian" - a line
that stretches from Lizard Point in Cornwall to the Ushant lighthouse in
Cape Finisterre in Brittany. They must do so by 23 August in order to

break
the world record for the fastest North Atlantic row from Canada.


Snip...

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/040808/140/ezu1y.html

Shipwrecked Rowers Rescued In Atlantic
Four shipwrecked rowers have been hauled to safety from their life raft
stranded in stormy Atlantic seas.

The Britons were aiming to set a new world rowing record when their
transatlantic rowing boat The Pink Lady split in two.It left the four, who
had been at sea for 39 days, clinging on to a life raft in a force 7 storm
and heavy seas.

Falmouth Coastguard co-ordinated the major rescue effort to secure the crew
who had been adrift some 300 miles west of the Scilly Isles.

The marine emergency service was alerted to the crew's plight just after
2.30am today.

All four men escaped to a life raft when their vessel was hit by very poor
weather.

The crew of the Pink Lady are Mark Stubbs, 40, from Poole; Pete Bray, 48,
from South Wales; Jonathan Gornall, 48, from London, and John Wills, 33,
from Surrey.

They were attempting to row in record time from Newfoundland, Canada, to
Falmouth, Cornwall.

An R51 marine patrol aircraft was scrambled to over fly their position while
coastguards broadcast a mayday signal into the area to alert passing
vessels.

Steve

www.ukstorms.com


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"Steve - www.ukspeedtraps.co.uk" wrote in message
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http://uk.news.yahoo.com/040808/140/ezu1y.html

Shipwrecked Rowers Rescued In Atlantic
Four shipwrecked rowers have been hauled to safety from their life raft
stranded in stormy Atlantic seas.

The Britons were aiming to set a new world rowing record when their
transatlantic rowing boat The Pink Lady split in two.It left the four, who
had been at sea for 39 days, clinging on to a life raft in a force 7 storm
and heavy seas.


Snip

Funny things these force 7 storms ...... wonder why news organisations
*always* misread Beaufort so badly.


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"Vicar Peter Parsnip" [email protected] wrote in message
-vegetables...

Funny things these force 7 storms ...... wonder why news organisations
*always* misread Beaufort so badly.


They're so stupid, aren't they.


Well probably not, no.
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Yeah, well, I wouldn't worry. There won't be much left of it!
"Bjorn Viaene" wrote in message
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Ex-hurricane Alex heads to the UK (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/n...shtml?newX=200

Brace yourself for another summer storm this weekend as the remnants of
ex-hurricane Alex head towards the UK.

The storm conditions are not good news for four Britons trying to set a

new
Atlantic world rowing record. The crew of the Pink Lady have been at sea

for
38 days now, having rowed over 1680 miles from St John's in Newfoundland.

They have less than 420 miles left to reach the "Lizard meridian" - a line
that stretches from Lizard Point in Cornwall to the Ushant lighthouse in
Cape Finisterre in Brittany. They must do so by 23 August in order to

break
the world record for the fastest North Atlantic row from Canada.

The four-man crew has already encountered adverse weather conditions, from
rough seas that set off their emergency beacon, to four times as many
icebergs as usual off the Canadian coastline. They even got a battering

from
a freak 45 ft (14 m) wave.

But this weekend's storms could be the fiercest that the Pink Lady has

seen.
If the boat ends up near the deep low pressure system set to form, it will
be lashed by gale-force winds and torrential downpours. The crew may well
have to ride out the storm from their cabins for two days.

Not everyone is dismayed by the imminent storm. Surfers across southwest
England are eagerly anticipating - if the number of exclamation marks on

one
surfing website is anything to go by - what may well be the best summer

surf
for many a year.

The swell was already good on Saturday for the Boardmasters at Fistral

Beach
in Newquay. Sadly the festival doesn't last until Monday, when the surf

"is
looking HUGE and an all-time

classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

BBC world

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At least they were all rescued alive.


How would they rescue them otherwise? And where would they bury the
survivors?


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"Bjorn Viaene" wrote in message
...

Ex-hurricane Alex heads to the UK (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/n...shtml?newX=200

Brace yourself for another summer storm this weekend as the remnants of
ex-hurricane Alex head towards the UK.

The storm conditions are not good news for four Britons trying to set a

new
Atlantic world rowing record. The crew of the Pink Lady have been at sea

for
38 days now, having rowed over 1680 miles from St John's in Newfoundland.

They have less than 420 miles left to reach the "Lizard meridian" - a line
that stretches from Lizard Point in Cornwall to the Ushant lighthouse in
Cape Finisterre in Brittany. They must do so by 23 August in order to

break
the world record for the fastest North Atlantic row from Canada.

The four-man crew has already encountered adverse weather conditions, from
rough seas that set off their emergency beacon, to four times as many
icebergs as usual off the Canadian coastline. They even got a battering

from
a freak 45 ft (14 m) wave.

But this weekend's storms could be the fiercest that the Pink Lady has

seen.
If the boat ends up near the deep low pressure system set to form, it will
be lashed by gale-force winds and torrential downpours. The crew may well
have to ride out the storm from their cabins for two days.

Not everyone is dismayed by the imminent storm. Surfers across southwest
England are eagerly anticipating - if the number of exclamation marks on

one
surfing website is anything to go by - what may well be the best summer

surf
for many a year.

The swell was already good on Saturday for the Boardmasters at Fistral

Beach
in Newquay. Sadly the festival doesn't last until Monday, when the surf

"is
looking HUGE and an all-time

classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

BBC world


I think Ex Alex was forecast to stall just off Ireland. So most of the UK
will escape it but there will be some warm air in the southerly winds ahead
of the system.


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"Gianna Stefani" wrote in message ...
Funny things these force 7 storms ...... wonder why news organisations
*always* misread Beaufort so badly.

That's nothing compared to today's Indy:

Rowers saved after boat is split by hurricane
Four rowers were pulled to safety from stormy seas in the Atlantic yesterday
after a hurricane split their boat as they edged towards a record breaking
voyage.
The British oarsmen had been at sea for 39 days since setting off from
Canada but became caught in Hurricane Alex at 2.30am yesterday.

Source: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/thi...p?story=549374

To be honest, I'd expect that sort of reporting from tabloids (well, the
Indy is a tabloid now, I suppose...)

I'm sure there'll be those who say "who cares what they call it, it did the
damage", though.


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"Darren Prescott" wrote in message
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"Gianna Stefani" wrote in message ...
Funny things these force 7 storms ...... wonder why news organisations
*always* misread Beaufort so badly.

That's nothing compared to today's Indy:

Rowers saved after boat is split by hurricane
Four rowers were pulled to safety from stormy seas in the Atlantic

yesterday
after a hurricane split their boat as they edged towards a record breaking
voyage.
The British oarsmen had been at sea for 39 days since setting off from
Canada but became caught in Hurricane Alex at 2.30am yesterday.

Source:

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/thi...p?story=549374

To be honest, I'd expect that sort of reporting from tabloids (well, the
Indy is a tabloid now, I suppose...)

I'm sure there'll be those who say "who cares what they call it, it did

the
damage", though.


Indeed so. There remains a section of the population who believe what they
read in the news, and who now think it likely to survive a hurricane (or
storm) in a small life raft, and be rescued while it is in progress.
It is that element which I find disappointing - there would seem to have
been no need to hype this story up as it was dramatic enough already. Part
of the modern trend toward superlatives perhaps.

Gianna (showing her age) Stefani




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