Just to report that we survived the gale, though it was a wild night. At 03.00 a really huge gust hit us just as the boat was being pushed by the incoming tide - it hit us from the side and we rolled heavily, with a few loose books hitting the floor with a crash. A very quick wake-up!
The rain has been lashing us for most of the night but our deck-leak fixes seem to have been successful. Hurrah! The wind's still to high to go ashore in the dinghy (which, incidentally is more than half-full of rain water) but the forecast suggests it should abate pretty quickly this afternoon. Might need an afternoon nap after last night!