AsInvest 91L continues to move west, organize and intensify, it looks like it may curve to the north before reaching the Bahamas or the Florida Keys.  Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.  I have been working to prepare my personal belongings and Escape for the season.  I got to take most of Saturday off and spent some of that time better preparing and organizing in the event of a major storm.  Here’s the latest track forecast, courtesy of Weather Underground.  (We don’t like the blue track.)

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Scuba Commissioner Laura Kuras handled all of the scuba issues Saturday.  Thank you!  The divers actually got in some decent dives yesterday, despite the persistent winds.  “Thanks” to the Captains, Mates and Dive Staff for making that happen.  The sailors got in some GREAT sailing.  “Thanks” to the Captains, Mates, and Sailing Staff for their hard work.  The galley served hamburgers for lunch – always a crowd pleaser.All was realitively well.  Captain Rich had another tough day but is enjoying today off.  Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Florida Sea Base, the remainder of this year’s crews scheduled for the Open Oceans Adventure aboard the Schooner Halie and Matthew have been cancelled.  Captain Rich’s job will get a bit easier now.

Yesterday’s north bound traffic was worse than a hurricane evacuation.  From Key West to the mainland the average speed made good could not have exceeded 10 mph.  Everyone is headed home from lobster mini-season.  The normal schedule is something like this.  Hotels and marinas mandate a five night minimum stay.  Enthusiasts arrive on Monday (night one).  Tuesday they conduct reconnaissance (night two).  Wednesday and Thursday they kill lobster (nights three and four).  Friday they celebrate the massacre (night five).  Saturday TENS of THOUSANDS of cars, boats, RVs, boats, motorcycles, camper trailers, and trucks hit the only road out of the Keys.  It would be great if REEF could start a similar program to help eradicate the invasive Lion-fish in our area.

Capt. Steve Willis
Aboard S/V Escape

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