Flappin’ Like a Flag

It was windy.  Oh yes, it was.

We have had a week of rainy, windy weather and now the sun has come out.

We drove around looking for a good spot and decided that the Back Shore had the best conditions.  However, after I anchored near the flagpole at the Atlantis Motor Inn, the wind hadn’t decided if it would be blowing from the northwest or the north.  We did a slow motion flap at anchor in an underwater field of huge boulders.  Linsley and LD explained that they were polished clean near the shore and some had a surface resembling an elephant’s skin.

Linsley and Kevin Mordasky, Jonathan Matthews, and LD joined Pete in sight-seeing or hunting.  They reported water of 57 degrees and good visibility.  I understand there were lots of too big lobsters.  LD brought up an unusual one that was legal, but had a mutant claw:

 

Mutant Lobster

LD's Lobster with the Strange Crusher Claw, photo by Pat Walsh's phone

 

The second dive was at Stone Garage, very close into the bluff to stay out of the wind, which was freshening.  Kevin, Linsley, and Peter made this dive and said it was even clearer here.  Pete said he could see the bottom from the surface and said the visibilty was “…50 feet.”  The water was 55 degrees.  The air was in the fifties with a 20 knot wind gusting to 30 knots.

But the sun was bright and it was warm enough if you sat out of the wind, facing it.  At noon, it was still very low in the southern sky.  The water was sparkling and the air was crystal clear.  We could see Boston looming on the southwestern horizon.

The way in was against an outgoing tide and I got too close to the Miss Sea, the whale watching boat out of Cape Ann Marina.  Her engines churned up a big wake as we made it through the Blynman Bridge cut.  I should have hung back more and the ride would have been smoother.

We had the ropes deployed to assist us in getting back into the slip against the wind.  Everyone hove to and we cheated death again.  And the ramp into the parking lot was so flat that we had to walk down to get onto land.  Here’s another picture from Pat’s phone:

 

Flat Ramp

The Flat Ramp

 

Not a bad day, considering the conditions.

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