Photo of the Day - Waiting for Charley
August 13 - Caribbean / Gulf of Mexico
Hurricane Charley south of Cuba at 3:45 PM EDT yesterday
Photo Courtesy http://www.osei.noaa.gov
"Thought you might like a worm's eye-view
of Hurricane Charley as he churns toward Key West. Charley appeared
almost by magic in the eastern Caribbean earlier this week, with
no fanfare and no threats to land. As you know, most storms grow
up in the Atlantic and burn up a few Eastern Caribbean islands
on their way to the States or Mexico, but Charley 'just appeared'
and started building and threatening Jamaica.
Michael & Layne during the 1998 Baja Ha-Ha Rally
Photo Courtesy Miki G
"This isn't the first storm I have
been through, but if Charley gets up to category three as predicted
it will be the strongest I've ever seen, (I lived in St. Petersburg
from 1989 to 1992), and as the sun goes down and the sky becomes
covered with whispy red clouds, I'm starting to get a little
knot in my stomach. Here at the call center we are getting lots
of calls (which make this email a bit choppy as I have to respond
to everything from reports of wires down, possible bomb threats,
fights, drunks, and car wrecks - and the winds haven't even started
yet!!) Most are from people who are starting to get apprehensive.
Nobody expected a category three!
Midway Fuel Woes
August 13 - The South Pacific
Do you remember us recently reporting that the Department of Fish & Wildlife on Midway Atolls charges yachts a ridiculous fee of $500 to put an anti-pollution boom around the boat if they want fuel? Gary Hoover of Hawaii finds this ironic, for, according to him, "In February of 2003, the largest fuel spill ever on the island happened under Fish & Wildlife's management, or lack thereof. About 100,000 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel leaked out of an underground pipe, so the spill was contained underground, but my understanding was that the spill grew so large because no one was monitoring the huge fuel tank levels on a daily basis, which is a normal operating procedure, so one huge tank just drained out."
Speaking of Sinking at the Dock...
August 13 - Sausalito
Rob and Linda - Thanks for the report. Sorry we missed that little drama! Since many people still wonder where our 'permanent' berth is, we'll mention again that Profligate is truly a nomad boat who doesn't have a slip. She usually spends about two months a year at a Schoonmaker guest dock. The other 10 months she is on the move.