For those scoring at home you might note that traditionally the Northern Century takes place the weekend before Labor Day. That would have been this weekend. If you were looking out your window on Saturday you may have noticed wind gusts into the 60's. This kind of breeze even in protected waters like the San Juan Islands can be problematic. As we head into the fall season what better reminder to check your safety gear. Having you been thinking about upgrading your ground tackle? (Anchor and rode) Make sure if you do your chain fits your windlass. Riding at anchor in a steady 50kt breeze will be lively and a sentinel may be needed. If you're not sure what a sentinel is get with someone that knows anchoring and make a plan. Check out a few weather sites and plan accordingly. Maybe buy a few extra fenders and mooring lines. Be prepared fellow travelers.