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28May

SUMMER STARTS!!!

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FIRST AND FOREMOST, TODAY IS A DAY TO HONOR ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY, OUR FAMILIES AND OUR FREEDOMS FROM THOSE WHO WISH US HARM.  Many of them are on my mind and in my prayers daily.  Our family plot has graves of soldiers since the Republic of Texas and Civil War.  For those of you who are serving or have served and survived, thank you.

Sunday was opening day of the 2012 summer season at the Florida Sea Base.  Despite the fact that 5 of the 7 scuba crews arrived post dinner (13:00/1:00pm is the recommended check-in time), everything went very well for the first day.  Kudos to the staff, especially Scuba Commissioner Laura Kuras and Sailing Commissioner Stephanie Mansburger.

I remember visiting my Aunt Maggie Mae (great-aunt actually) in the 60s and 70s.  Despite the fact that she lived within the city limits of jasper, Texas, she lived on a dirt road, had an out-house in the back yard instead of an indoor toilet, and raised chickens in the yard.  The chickens were raised to sell the eggs and poultry.  To have eggs you need roosters.  Some roosters are M-E-A-N mean.  Anyway, the preferred method for dispatching the chickens was to snatch them by the head, spin them around quickly and their head would pop off in your hand.  The bodies would hit the ground and the headless chickens would run about the yard.  Hence the phrase, “running around like a chicken with its head cut off”.  That pretty much described my Sunday.

Tropical Storm Beryl continues on its roller coaster path, keeping a safe distance from the Florida Sea Base and turning northeast soon.

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Our local forecast is calling for 30% chance of rain, highs near 90, lows near 78 and winds near 10 knots for the next several days.

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

Above and beyond all else that I have to say today, I want to say “thank you” to current and former military personnel who have defended my freedom.  God bless you all.

Our first Sea Exploring crew of the summer season arrived Sunday.  They will be aboard the Schooner Jolly II Rover for the week.  Four Coral Reef Sailing crews also arrived at the Florida Sea Base yesterday.  They went out on Sprindrift, Wandering Star, Conchy and Dutch Love.  Five Scuba Adventure crews and one Scuba Certification crew checked in.  The 2011 summer season has begun in earnest at the Florida Sea Base.

The wind started out at 11 knots yesterday morning but built to near 20 knots by dinner time.  Otherwise the weather was great.  The wind is forecasted to stay near 20 knots from the East for the next several days.  That is going to make conditions very dicey for the divers and borderline for the sailors.  But a forecast is only that and hopefully conditions will improve very soon.

Captains Rich and Carol rode their bikes to Key West yesterday.  Sailing Commissioner Stephanie Mansburger did a great job during Capt. Rich’s absence.  Scuba Commissioner Laura Kuras lead the scuba staff through last minute preparations yesterday morning and through our first crew arrivals of the summer yesterday afternoon.

Time to head out for the 0730 staff meeting.  Have a great Memorial Day.  If you get a chance, say “thank you” to a soldier, sailor, marine or coastie.  They certainly deserve much more.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

Today is Memorial Day, please take a moment to reflect on the the soldiers who have fought and given their lives to protect the American way of life.  If you happen to see a soldier today, make an effort to tell them “thank you.”  And if you know a relative of a soldier thank them too.  They also sacrifice and suffer.  They deserve your thanks.

There seems to be no significant update to the Deepwater Horizon blow-out.  Winds should remain relatively light next week pushing the oil on-shore and possibly east as far as the Alabama / Florida border.  The off-shore oil stills appears to be caught in the Loop Current Eddy and posing no threat to the Florida Keys or the Florida Sea Base for the immediate future.  It may be MONTHS now before BP can shut this well down.  Current estimates suggest more than a million gallons of oil may be released through this one well by 01 August 2010.  I am not educated enough to find words to express my feelings.  This is simply unbelievable, incomprehensible, and criminal.  I appreciate all of the benefits of oil.  But the safety regulations have to be enforced and the safety devices have to be tested periodically for functionality.

On happier news, Captains Rich, Carol and I will be departing at 0630 tomorrow morning for Slidell, LA to take delivery of the Florida Sea Base’s third Newton 46 Dive Special, the BSA Centennial Eagle.  I have some housekeeping and packing left to do.  This is not a convenient time for us.  The boat was supposed to be ready before now.  Oh well.  It looks like we have a good weather forecast for the delivery.  That means a lot.

I’m not sure if I will be taking a laptop or not.  Even if I do, there will be a few days that I can’t post anything.  I will do my best to post whenever I can.  Thanks for your continued support.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape