Predicted wild weather met the Egg this week. According to the Met Office, south westerly winds gusted at up to 99mph over the Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight, just across the Solent. Alex Fogarty, who works for Wightlink Ferries, said: “We had probably the hairiest night since I’ve worked for Wightlink… At about five o’clock this morning we had the full force 11 gusting hurricane-force winds.”*
My namesake JMW Turner, told how he was strapped to the mast of a ship to better experience such a storm, but I had to make do with two live webcams, as I am currently spending a few days on leave.
The Egg is only afloat for about five hours in twenty four and this, combined with an aerodynamic shape, very sheltered position and secure mooring (though I may need another rope along the dotted line below) allowed it to comfortably ride out the storm.