While I have not been apprised of any details, a memorial service for Captain Joe Maggio is tentatively set for 20 April 2012 in Coconut Grove (Miami). I will post details as soon as I have them.
The divers first stop yesterday was at a spur and groove type reef named Hammerhead. They saw several invasive Lionfish, one or more of which were reportedly large enough to eat. [I feel a staff dive being organized in the near future to destroy these dangerous fish and make a tasty treat for the conquerors.] The next stop was Bacon and then Donut. Last night was the night dive at Alligator Reef. Attending Florida Sea Base scuba programs in the slower weeks of spring allows nearly unlimited latitude in our diving schedule. (Just a thought for potential future attendees.)
Roger and Brian spent the day photographing and videography sailing crews. The wind was very light so some of the images may show sailboats under full sail with diesel exhaust trailing behind. The shore leave sailors had a great time. I believe the photographers will be going to the Brinton Environmental Center today.
Captain Rich has completed the schedule for boats, captains and crews attending this summer. This is a massive accomplishment. Hopefully I can work on the scuba part of the schedule today.
We have a 30% chance of rain Friday night and Saturday with a very slight chance of showers lingering through Monday. According to the national Weather Service in Key West,
A WEAK PRESSURE PATTERN WILL PREVAIL OVER THE COASTAL WATERS THROUGH FRIDAY…FEATURING GENTLE WINDS. HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN EXPAND SOUTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD BY FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY…RESULTING IN FRESHENING NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BECOME CENTERED OVER THE WESTERN ATLANTIC THROUGH TUESDAY…MAINTAINING FRESH TO STRONG EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS.
We have one Scuba Adventure crew arriving Sunday. One Coral Reef Sailing crew arrives on Saturday, three arrive on Sunday and three more arrive on Monday. Once these crews depart, the spring session of the 2012 Florida Sea Base high adventure programs will conclude and preparations for the 2012 Tarpon Tournament will begin.
Today is going to be very tough for the sailing staff; five Coral Reef Sailing crews are in for shore leave and five Coral Reef Sailing crews and one Sea Exploring crew are returning to base for luau. The only way we can cover all of the crews is by having Captain Rich, some of the scuba staff, some of the Admin staff and me help on the dock with the returning crews and driving to pick up the Sea Exploring crew.
I would like to initiate a “rant” at this time, but it is not appropriate to speak disparingly of the organization. So, I will wish you a safe and profitable day and sign off.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape