Today was a bit of a challenge for the Scuba Team. The winds were 20-25 out of the southeast, just about the worst direction possible for diving.
Good news from mechanic Tom from Tom’s Mobile Marine. He came out and fixed the Tarpon. It was either a neutral sensor switch or shift selector switch. Whatever it was he had it fixed in short time.
Captains Scott and Christy ventured out of Snake Creek to see what the conditions were like. They reported 4-6 foot seas at the entrance and no viz. They opted for Port Antigua and the Quarry for their crews dives. Capt. Joey on the ne BSA Burglar spent the day in Port A so his crew could get certified. Even though the conditions here are less than perfect (way less right now) it is still better than most places in the US. The viz offshore is pretty good, we have OPK’s here though (other peoples kids) so safety is more important than forcing fun.
Sailors on the other hand we really don’t care about (I am so kidding). All crews participated on their shore leave day and what was reported and witnessed everyone had a blast.
We blew up one head sail, ripped a boom almost from the gooseneck and turtle 3 different boats. The scouts had big fun, the staff had bigger fun and the adult leaders sat back and enjoyed the show. I had one adult leader corner me today saying this is the best time he’s had in quite a while. Staff LOVE big wind sailing. We have everything reefed down (reducing sail area) and we put a couple more staff or scouts on the boat for ballast.
The tubing boat reported flat water tucked way up inside the bight, the paddle boarders had a hoot, only one team were blown offshore and the chase power boat had to go get them. You must realize that all daily events have a hand held VHF radio with Sea Base staff so if something goes wrong we can get to them in short time.
S/V’s Pirates Choice & Comfort Zone 2 with Captains Derrek and Drew were over at the quarry as well getting their scouts in the water. With the SE wind the Atlantic grows pretty large seas fairly fast.
I just got a text from Captain Christy Clemments. Her official sea state condition is ‘It was yucky today”, so there you have it.
Stay safe and I’ll report more tomorrow.