Windy Again

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Today
Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

We had a cross-over candidate who wanted to become a NAUI instructor, Will G.  He wanted to go.  Folly Cove looked do-able, so we went.

The wind was pushing us across Essex Bay from the stern.  There was grand fish-tailing happening.  I had to slow down to keep the tanks and gear on the deck from rolling and falling.

The cove was flat and we anchored near the A.R. + E. R. graffito on the western wall.  Will demonstrated skills and did bail outs.  He was good, no question.

Then it was time to return the way we’d come.

The wind had freshened.  It was now a steady 20 with 4 foot seas.  I made headway against the wind, but the incoming tide had set up steep standing waves at Folly’s mouth.  It was nasty going until we reached Plum Cove.

By then the fetch of the wind had lessened and we were able to increase speed a little.  The ride down the river wasn’t bad and the wind was mostly from the west by the time we needed to return to the slip.  We didn’t need ropes to leverage our way into it.

Since tomorrow was going to be a repeat of today with a little bit more wind and a little bit more cold and clouds, we decided to end the season a day early.

Today was our last trip of 2010.

Tomorrow we prepare the boat to be hauled out for the winter.

Bummer.

But it was a good season, while it lasted.  Lots of fun dives, nice people, and warm weather.

Can’t wait for Spring.

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One Response to “Windy Again”

  1. veronica Says:

    As always, the season is waaaay too short. 😦

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