The Florida Sea Base will be honored today by the arrival of Capt. Dennis Wyatt and Dr. Ellen Stites-Wyatt.  They are two of my favorite people in the whole world.  Visiting with them will be a treat.  They are also going to be working at the Florida Sea Base this winter.  It will be their first Christmas with us.

I received a commitment Tuesday from a scuba shop owner in Pennsylvania who is going to purchase all of our remaining used scuba gear which includes 147 tanks, 29 regulators and 45 BCDs.  We will resume the sale of used scuba equipment in August 2011.  For now, we are officially sold out.  Laura Kuras’ primary mission now shifts from sales to overhauling the regulators that we will keep for another year.  She has approximately 83 regulators to service.

Haiti has been hammered by rain from a low pressure system in the Caribbean.  The system will not become “tropical” and will head out into the open Atlantic after passing Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands as a rain event.  Our weather is stuck in a GREAT rut; clear skies, mild winds, calm seas, warm afternoons and enough UV to tan but not instantly burn to a crisp.  We should start warming up next week as the high pressure system moves away.  We were hoping that the 2010 hurricane season was over – any MAYBE it is.  However, two of the computer models are predicting a strong tropical disturbance will form in the southern Caribbean off the coast of Colombia 6 – 7 days from now, and move west-northwest towards Nicaragua.  Stay tuned!

Yesterday’s edition of a local Keys newspaper, The Reporter, had a photo and article from our Saturday regatta on the front page.  Unfortunately, they did not make the on-line version of the publication so I couldn’t steal the photo or provide a link to the article.

Have a good day.  For the Divemaster candidates, study, study, study and swim, swim, swim.  You will be put to the test very soon.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

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