Former Florida Sea Base Sailing Director, Captain Rich Beliveau, is leaving us for the second and final time.  Schooner Sienna Belle is scheduled to pull away from the Florida Sea Base dock at 07:30 this morning.  If you have been a reader of this blog for a while you are probably aware of my collaborations with Captain Rich.  He has been my guardian angel for many years.  I had no intention of remaining on staff after Captain Rich departed but finances dictated otherwise.  But my days here are limited and Captain Rich and I hope to share in future adventures.  It was nice to have him back for a few days.  Captain Rich is like a brother.  It will be painful to watch him leave – again.

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Since many of our participants are Triple Crown Award recipients (having visited all three National High Adventure Bases) I thought I would mention the weather threats for each NHAB today.

There are no tropical weather threats to the Florida Sea Base today.  Northern Tier has a significant chance of lightning and thunderstorms for most of this week.   The largest concern for the National High Adventure Bases is the red flag warnings for the area around the Philmont Scout Ranch.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issues Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert land management agencies about the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and fuel moisture conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. This could be due to low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, or any combination thereof.  (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tae/?n=redflag)

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I do not possess the skills to do much with this graphic from the National Weather Service, but if you enlarge the image you may be able to see a yellow oval I tried to place to include the Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico.

Whether its hurricanes, fires, blizzards, earthquakes, tsunamis, flood, drought, tornados, avalanches, erupting volcanoes, or a combination thereof, we all have our weather worries.  Just like the Florida Sea Base has plans and preparations for severe tropical weather, Philmont is well prepared to care for participants and staff in the event of a wildfire.  Our full time staff can certainly empathize with the Philmont staff as they remain vigilant of this threat from Mother Nature.  Good luck and God bless.

Philmont has much more detailed information at http://www.philmontscoutranch.org/About/FireInformation.aspx.


Each winter, a team of dedicated volunteers descends on the Florida Sea Base to complete incredible deeds of cheerful service.  They are able to complete tasks in a few weeks that our facilities department just can’t accomplish.  They are responsible for 99% of the beautification on the base and have undertaken several, monumental remodeling projects.  I received this comment yesterday:

Capt. Steve,

Could you provide any specifics about the new pool? I’m one of the January/February volunteers who work special projects and park our RV behind the SCUBA Dorm. Any “heads-up” would help us plan for next visit.

I also want you to know how much we enjoy reading your Blog. Keeping up with the happenings at Seabase makes us feel part of the Family, even through we’re only volunteers two months each year.

Be Well and have a great Summer.

Warren and Carol Bacon

The pool will be built in the area currently occupied by the Ships Store and volleyball courts.  We don’t think the palm grove where the luau area is situated will be affected.  The complex will approach the flower bed just north of the galley restrooms and will come very close to the sidewalk adjacent to the Annex.  Construction should start in September and will hopefully be completed by May.  The program equipment area above the Quarterdeck will be remodeled and will house the new, twice as large Ships Store.  The volleyball courts will be moved to the lot north of the dormitories and east of the General Manager’s residence.  Once the new complex is completed, we will “do a Joni Mitchell” on the existing pool (as Captain Paul would say), that is “paved paradise and put up a parking lot”.  I suggest you talk with Captain Keith Douglass about projects and parking arrangements.  I’m sure there will be a lot to do.  It is ALWAYS a pleasure to have you, Carol and the other volunteers here each winter.  It is one of my favorite “events”.

I’m going to help my giant “little brother” Captain Rich off the dock now.:(

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

One Response to “ADIOS SIENNA BELLE”

  1. Dan Mikalian says:

    I know it happened once before, and was bound to happen again, but I can’t imagine a FSB without you and Cpt Rich. Safe sailing to both of you.

    -Dan Mikalian

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