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Santa Barbara – Shipwrecks

Santa Barbara, California - Beached sailboat after el nino winter storm, January 2010

After nearly one week the storms have finally departed as Saturday started off with a perfectly blue sky (probably the nicest day I’ve had since I left California in September).  Santa Barbara’s East beach was littered with numerous beached boats which were torn loose from mooring just off the coast; where the sea is normally calm and placid.  Some of the boats might be salvageable while others seem to be a complete loss, unfortunately.

Santa Barbara, California - Beached sailboat after el nino winter storm, January 2010

Santa Barbara, California - Beached sailboat after el nino winter storm, January 2010

Santa Barbara, California - Beached sailboat after el nino winter storm, January 2010

Shipwreck – Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California: January 2009 winter storm, Shipwreck, East Beach

Several big storms have been blowing through southern California over the last days causing quite a bit of chaos to a place that is normally used to sunshine.  High seas have torn several sailboats loose from their moorings and washed them ashore on East Beach near the Cabrillo Bath house.  Went down to the beach early this morning in a brief pause in the rain to take a few photos.  Now back at the house at 8:00 am, rain is pounding the windows and low rumbles of thunder can be heard every few minutes.

Winter storm 2009, East Beach Shipwreck, Santa Barbara California