Although the wind was brisk again today, the weather was otherwise perfect at the Florida Sea Base yesterday.  The good news was I had a wonderful dinner with Capt. Dennis and Dr. Ellen.  I enjoy their company thoroughly.  The bad news was I missed a call from Capt. Alex Bergstedt from Slovakia.  Capt. Alex, if you’re reading this, I am scheduled to drive a boat all day today so please try to call after 16:00 EDT if you try again.

Capt. Dennis and 1st Mate Laura Kuras took the shark research group out today.  The kids were from Coral Shores High School about 15 miles up the road.  They did not have a very productive day, catching and releasing only one shark (a Tiger Shark).  Another group of kids is coming today to try their luck. Capt. Dennis will drive again.  I will take a group of church kids out in the morning and another group in the afternoon to try their luck snorkeling our reefs.  The wind is rather brisk this morning the snorkeling may not be world class.  The marine forecast from the National Weather Service:

Saturday…Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots…decreasing to near 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas beyond the reef 4 to 6 feet…except higher in the gulf stream. Seas inside the reef 2 to 3 feet. nearshore waters choppy. Isolated showers.

This is the report from Molasses Reef Buoy (National Buoy Data Center) as of midnight this morning:

Wind Direction (WDIR): NE ( 50 deg true )
Wind Speed (WSPD): 20 kts
Wind Gust (GST): 21 kts
Wind Gust (GST): 21 kts
Atmospheric Pressure (PRES): 30.09 in
Pressure Tendency (PTDY): -0.01 in ( Falling )
Air Temperature (ATMP): 75.0 °F
Water Temperature (WTMP): 75.2 °F

And a graph that basically shows the wind is blowing like snot and building:

A few days ago I mentioned that there might be another tropical system develop near Columbia.  It is official; Invest 94L is on the map.  The current track forecast indicates that it should be no threat to the US for at least the next week, and maybe never.

I went to bed at about 21:00 last night but unfortunately I woke up around midnight.  It’s about 01:30 now so I’m going to try to get a little more sleep.  Have a great weekend.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

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