Good morning from the Florida Sea Base! Invest 95 is not forecasted to grow to more than a 31 mph tropical wave. It’s still bad news for the Louisiana coast but shouldn’t grow much bigger. Invest 96 might grow to tropical depression strength and then a hurricane by Tuesday. If so, it would be named Bonnie and yesterday all of the computer models concurred that it would follow a path very similar to Hurricane Alex. This morning the computer models are all over the place.
Alex from the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association sent the following comment regarding parmalat:
The taste difference is due to flavor being lost as part of the UHT process. It is no different than any other pasteurized product on store shelves. If I remember the preferred method for dairy is HTST — used for packaged products like soft serve or frozen yogurt mix as more flavor is retained.
Alex maintains a great website and blog that deals primarily with Northern Tier at www.holry.com. I hope Coach Carl G. Boyles and all of the staff at Northern Tier are having a great summer. I have met most of the permanent staff and they are really nice folks. But I’m not sure that I have met anyone nice enough to get this thin blooded sailor to go dog sledding in Canada in the heart of winter time. Sorry guys. That one is NOT on my bucket list. Maybe we could go sailing to the Bahamas instead.
Yesterday was a big scuba check-in day. It went pretty smooth. We have one adult leader who arrived unhappy. As is more frequent than we hope for, instead of submitting the crew medicals on 01 March in compliance with Florida Sea Base procedures, he waited until last week. There was a medical issue with his son and the youth was disqualified from scuba diving. That is the EXACT scenario we try to avoid by sending medical forms far in advance (usually October of the year preceding the reservation). It is hard on all of us to deny a youth participation – especially when they are a week away from arrival.
But everything else went GREAT. The staff all did a great job with new sailors arriving, new scuba arriving, old sailors departing, old scuba crews departing, sailing crews in for mid-week activities, special 4th of July activities, and all the routine efforts that are required to “make the magic” happen for our participants.
So here we go again. Staff meeting at 07:30 (45 minutes from now), flags, breakfast and then a full day of program magic.
Aboard S/V Escape