The Silo at Bemo Ledge and Jacki’s Joy

The day was predicted to be picture perfect – little to no wind, cloudless skies, and mid-60s.  Plus there were going to be few boaters out to create bouncy wakes to rock us around as we sit at anchor.  So, the Captain picked going south to Bemo Ledge and then Jacki asked for Bass Rocks.  No problemo.

We had LD, Andy from Worcester, Jacki, Linsley and Kevin Mordasky from Connecticut, and Greg B. on board.  Pete and Pat were crewing.  The tide was high and just turning as we drifted up to the Blynman Bridge for an opening.  They called us “Easy Does It” in the conversation asking for a lift, but we didn’t correct them.  I think that’s as good a name for our enterprise as the real one. 

We anchored just off shore from the clapboard silo east of Bemo Ledge.  It’s a remarkable landmark and one I can be sure to return to.  The sun was bright and we suited up quickly.  Greg and I worked on his scuba skills in about 30 feet of water.  The visibility was surely 30 feet in the 55 degree ocean.  Some of the underwater vistas reminded me of the Florida Keys because there were bowl-shaped formations in the rocks and sand patches between them.  There was a pinkish cast to the rocks from coraline algae.  Greg’s new mask from Freedom Diving really made a difference as he practiced clearing it.  He now had a 100% success rate, compared with ~60% with the old one. 

As they climbed back on board, everyone exclaimed about the great visibility.  It made good sense to try another spot for the variety.  Jacki asked if we could return to the flagpole at the Atlantis Motor Inn along the Back Shore.  It was a very good decision.  Such a good one, in fact, that we decided to officially name the spot in her honor.   It’s now Jacki’s Joy.

I anchored in about 25 feet and was amazed by the variety of huge boulders right under the boat.  Again there were hollowed out amphitheatre shapes as well as sand patches for Pete and Greg to use for doffing and donning practice.  I found a  huge lobster under one of the largest boulders and many smaller ones too.  The water was very clear in the bottom 10 feet, with less visibility as you surfaced.

We remarked over the quantity of sparkles on the water surface as we powered back to the marina.  I think it’s a combination of a low sun and low humidity as well as the clear sky that gives the wavelets that Fall shimmer.

Beautiful, beautiful day with a brand new NAUI Scuba Diver graduating as well.  Congratulations, Greg!

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