Sad to say, another 25-plus knot day November day, and another couple of boats blown ashore.
The wooden cutter was sitting fairy solid on the Maritime Museum dog beach when I got there, up against the rocks but just outside the full wrath of the waves, not moving at all.
The police marine detachment was there, they strung some lines ashore to try to keep it from washing out and sinking on the next high tide or anything like that.
The Alberg was pretty brutal though, sitting on its side on a big rock near English Bay beach, full broadside to the unchecked onslaught of the waves, bouncing and wracking against the rocks with each big wave that came through. Its toerail was already smashed, hull-deck joint separating, and hull side beginning to buckle inward.
My guess is it'll break up overnight unless the wind dies off before midnight. It's painful to see.
In both cases, the boats were anchored using nylon anchor rodes rather than all-chain, and in both cases the line parted (I got a pic of the cutter's broken line, and spoke to the owner of the Alberg).
The lesson, once again, is: A) Don't abandon your boat to an English Bay anchorage over the winter, and B) If you really must abandon your boat to an English Bay anchorage over the winter, use an all-chain rode.
EDIT: It looks like this isn't the wooden cutter's first visit to the dog beach -- see post #40 in this thread.