Good evening from the Florida Sea Base. I’m usually saying, “good morning” but, as mentioned a couple of days ago, I am trying to shift my schedule to make these posts in the evenings. If you are reading this with your morning coffee on Saturday, bear in mind that it was written on Friday. I am trying to avoid terms like “today”, “tomorrow” and “yesterday”. If I use those terms, just look at the date on the post to make sense of my time references. (This is probably more confusing to me than to you.)
As the news coverage of the misery, loss of property and loss of lives caused by Hurricane Isaac continues, my whining of preparations and recovery from Tropical Storm Isaac are almost embarrassing. While the toll from Hurricane Isaac will likely continue for another day or so, the good news is the potential drought relief the system may bring to much of the mid-west. Please keep the survivors of this catastrophe in your prayers. It could have been us, and next time it might be.
The weather is very seasonable at the Florida Sea Base with highs in the low 90s, lows in the low 80s, mild to moderate breezes and a 20-30% chance of rain every day which usually amounts to a little 20 minute shower somewhere nearby.
Several more staff members departed Friday and a few more depart Saturday. The captains are busy as well. Captain Lou (Louise) of S/V Blue Planet was working feverishly Thursday to assemble a new roller furler to install as a staysail. She is leaving the boat here but departing for a little while. She flew back from California to get Blue Planet off the dock for Tropical Storm Isaac. Captain “Joe” (Giuseppe) is scheduled to arrive today (oops, I mean Friday) with his lovely wife, Rose, to take S/V Rosso di Sera, back home to the west coast of Florida for the remainder of the off-season. Captains Mike and Kelly have been working on S/V Endeavour and S/V Silent Harmony to prepare them for the return to Captain Giuseppe’s home dock. (After delivering Rosso, Captain Giuseppe will return for the other two boats.) Captain Harman has been working hard on S/V Dutch Love. He is considering making the voyage from the Florida Sea Base to the Honduran island of Roatan on more time.
The staff worked on cleaning up the scuba area, pulling carpet out of the Thomas Building and stripping the Galley. Captain Rich Beliveau took the day off. I worked with the staff in the scuba area, placed a $49,000 with Aqua Lung for 2013 scuba gear, and worked on general emails and Divemaster Academy files. I also cleaned the cockpit up on Escape and moved my personal scuba gear to a more accessible location in the scuba lockers. I am going to TRY to sleep in a little tomorrow (I mean Saturday); we’ll see how that works out.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape