At 05:00 the Molasses Reef Buoy was reporting 16-18 knot winds from the ESE and the Sombrero Reef buoy was reporting 18-20 knot winds from the East.  Easterly winds have the biggest impact on the wave state at the reef line.  Generally speaking, 15 knots is when the conditions become a little challenging for divers and sailors.  The sailboats can retreat to the bay side (Gulf of Mexico side if you prefer) to escape the waves but still enjoy the fresh breezes.  But the scuba diving opportunities on the bay side are very limited.  The winds continued to build through the morning and we reluctantly cancelled our dives for the day.

At midnight the wind was from the SE at 23 knots.  It looks like it is on a slow decline through today and tomorrow the wind will be down to 10 knots.


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There were workers EVERYWHERE working on the building that wraps around what will be the new pool at the Florida Sea Base.  The picture is a big “busy”, but so were the workers.  Two or three pickups full of masons can build a cement wall in no time.


Each year, the Upper Keys Rotary Club holds the Annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market at Founders Park in Islamorada.  What does this mean for you?  Great question!  If you are arriving at the Florida Sea Base or Brinton Environmental Center this Saturday or Sunday expect an hour travel delay.  This annual event is GIGANTIC by Keys standards.  There will be hundreds if not thousands of attendees from the mainland.  With only a two lane road to handle traffic, the going is VERY slow.  This same traffic has to deal with the only remaining draw bridge in the Keys.  This combination can bring traffic to a complete standstill for 15-20 minutes at a time.  Be prepared and be patient.  And please call us if you see you are running late (305-664-7766).

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

2 Responses to “ROUGH”

  1. Charles Barkley says:

    Captain Steve,
    Our CRS crew is arriving March 8th. Any big scheduled events we need to figure into our drive time from FLL that weekend? We have the duty officer’s number plugged into the cell phone just in case.
    Charles Barkley
    Troop 179
    Fort Worth, TX

  2. Steve Willis says:

    Not that I am aware of Charles. Safe travels. Steve Willis, Eagle Scout, Troop 36, Fort Worth, Texas, 1968.

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