The forecast was pretty well spot on today and the winds built up through the morning and reached a peak this afternoon. The port was closed from 12.00 noon until 16.30.
From the bay you could see various ferries hove to in the channel. With the winds being WSW they would have had just a little shelter from the cliffs compared to the actual entrance to the port.
The sea didn't look as rough as I can sometimes remember, but I think this is because the wind and the predominant currents are roughly in going in the same direction. If the wind is NE then the sea gets much rougher.
The port was quiet, but in one corner there were a lot of gulls sheltering. The weather was so bad, by then, it was impossible to get out and take a closer look, but I couldn't see any stray auks or sea ducks with them. Tomorrow might be the time to look.