What could have been a near death blow at the Florida Sea Base turned into a mere flesh wound. We took a pretty good spanking very early Friday morning when a squall pushed through with heavy rain, an hour of non-stop lightning and 50 knot winds. We were expecting another wave around noon. The system was approaching from the west. The second squall line made it to Key West but fizzled out before getting to Marathon and the Florida Sea Base was spared. The divers reported great dives. The sailors came to dock a little early in anticipation of bad weather. We did get a decent shower at dinner time “dampening” the spirit of luau. But everyone had a good time despite the weather.
Going, going, gone! Well, the rain is gone. But the wind has picked up and has been blowing in the 20 – 25 knot range from the NNW for the last several hours. This should not have a major impact on the diving, but launching and recovering vessels in the Florida Sea Base marina will be challenging today.
Looking ahead to next week, we are expecting very consistent 15 knot easterly winds every day. If this is accurate, it will not be pleasant on the reef. If you are arriving today or tomorrow, I suggest you start a regime of Bonine® today.
Office Manager Susan Mahoney had a busy Friday with one Scuba Liveaboard, one Sea Exploring and five Coral Reef Sailing crews checking out. Today will be even busier with check outs and arriving crews.
The Scuba Adventure crews will make their final dive of their stay this morning. Several of the dedicated part-time scuba staff members are completing their tours of duty tomorrow. Their service is greatly appreciated and it is always hard to see them go. Mark Gilbert, Richard Goldman, and Scott Patton have been instrumental in making the magic happen over the last couple of weeks. Paul Mangone has one more week and David Ball has two more weeks.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape