Photos taken April 28, 2011 during a gale that hit lake Ontario.
I was at the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club.
Christine DeMerchant's Photographs
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It's not unusual to have strong winds and usually the breakwalls protect the boats moored inside. This time the level of the lake was exceptionally high and even without the storm surge the breakwall only stood a couple of feet over the water. The high winds pushed even more water in and the waves coming directly from the south easily came over the walls. It was very dramatic with wood and other debris being hurled out of the water. One little yellow keelboat was dragged right to shore and actually thrown on the concrete apron. Our utility rafts were toppled and beached. Luckily we had not launched the keelboats yet so most were undamaged.
The next day, we find dinghies, a dragonboat, and a lovely keelboat ravaged by the storm.
Our mooring raft and outboard motor, a shed and our dock boards in pieces and debris everywhere.
We hired the tug to help us replace mooring blocks that had been dragged out of position.