Archive for October, 2012

Kettle and Egg

October 7, 2012

It was supposed to rain at 2 PM today so we had better get going.  No wait.  That was the forecast for today from yesterday.  Wait, wait.  No rain today according to Weatherspark.com.  Hoo boy.  Maybe we should just go diving and forget who says what.

So we did.

We had Alan Hicks, Dennis and his buddy, Bob, along with Pete and Veronica as crew.  The Captain organized us all.  I drove the boat.

Although it had looked reasonably good on our drive around this AM, the back shore had crashing waves as we rounded Eastern Point light and the breakwater.  Hum.  Time for Plan B.  I swung around and headed west towards Kettle Island.

Because the divers were experienced, I anchored in about 40 feet of water on the southwest side of Kettle.  It’s got boulders and a drop off and proved to be a good spot for the hunters.  The water was cold at 54 feet, according to Pete.  It was 45 there.  He obviously went deeper than I would have.

I was cold in my jeans, fleece and anorak windbreaker.  I wished I’d brought my gloves.  Veronica had bare feet in her sandals and wouldn’t wear warm socks because of the fashion outrage that would spark with the sandals.  But she had gloves.

Here’s an image I found on the Internet.  We were anchored off the lower left of the island:

Kettle Island

Kettle Island

Veronica made this dive and reported it in her blog.

The divers were ready for a second spot, so I chose the same relative orientation to the wind and the waves behind Egg Rock.  It was deep here too, but they seemed happy with the visibility and the terrain.  And the prey.

As we were motoring back to the marina, it was completely clouded over and grey.  But the wind died.

Docking was a piece of cake.

Speaking of carbs, this is one of the last crumbs in the cookie bag.  I’m licking my fingers to trap the last bit of summer sweetness.

Playing with Pipefish

October 6, 2012

We had Larry D. from Ashburnham with us today.  Otherwise it would have been just Pete, Pat, me and The Captain.

We were happy to be back in the water after several weeks of not diving due to rainy, windy, surgey conditions.

It had looked good on the north side of Cape Ann after our early morning drive around, so we headed for Folly Cove.  On the way, we spotted a mola mola just off Lanes’s Cove.  That’s our second one this season.

I anchored far into the cove in about 20 feet of water.  Larry was going to be practicing with his new back inflation rig and we were hoping for some more footage for this year’s movie.  Luckily the pipefish were willing to come out to play:

A Pipefish Looks at My Gloved Fingertips

A Pipefish Looks at My Gloved Fingertips

Once you saw one, then you saw lots more.  They resemble what a sea horse would look like if it uncoiled.  The 30′ visibility certainly helped in spotting them.  The water was 55 degrees on the bottom and 59 on the surface.

I was diving wet in the new suit that The Captain won at the Bay State Council’s picnic two Sundays ago.  It was a man’s large, but fit me just fine.  I made two dives in it and used my regular weightbelt and a steel 70.

There was a very friendly little fish that might have been a tropical that got swept up north in the Gulf Stream.  Its eye had a red ring that was irridescent:

Red Ringed Eye

Red Ringed Eye

We made both dives in Folly.  The second one was a little deeper because our anchor had dragged as the south wind freshened.  We swung close to the rocky wall and then back out into the cove – just like a flag in slow motion.

The ride back was not bad at all and the ocean had only a few trespassers, mostly sailboats.  It marks how quickly the season ends for boaters once Labor Day has passed.

We docked easily because I could head into the south wind and use it to turn the boat for backing into our slip.

Nice day for early October with good people.