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- Shop for Rum
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:31:59 -0400 (EDT)
Stock up on rum!
 
Tropical depression rolling across the Atlantic.  Looks like another one coming off Africa too.
 
While it's not a hurricane, it's been proven time and time again that before a hurricane strike, RUM is the first thing to sell out in the islands. So stock up now, so you don't  be rushing around looking for that elusive rum supply if there really is a hurricane coming.
 
 
 
Rummy Yummy Regards,
The Mermaids in the Virgin Islands
 
 

- Hello BVI, da Wayward Sailor is back
  • From: da Wayward Sailor <dawaywardsailor at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:24:44 -0400
Hi everyone, some of you may know I've been away for about 18 months sailing the islands and have just a few days ago returned to the BVI.  Hope all is well with everyone one and I'll be doing some posting when time and needs occur.

Tropical update from US Weather
TROPICAL DEPRESSION TWO NEAR 12.2N 46.4W 1012 MB AT
 0900 UTC JUL 22 MOVING W OR 280 DEG AT 14 KT. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
 WINDS 30 KT GUSTS 40 KT. THE DEPRESSION WILL MAINTAIN ITS CURRENT
 INTENSITY AS IT REACHES THE TROPICAL N ATLC OFFSHORE ZONE LATE
 WED...THEN DISSIPATE BEFORE IT REACHES THE ISLANDS THU. A
 TROPICAL WAVE ALONG 80W WILL MOVE W OF THE AREA WED NIGHT. A
 SECOND TROPICAL WAVE WILL MOVE INTO THE TROPICAL N ATLC THU NIGHT
 AND THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SAT. FRESH TO STRONG TRADES WILL
 CONTINUE ACROSS THE S CENTRAL CARIBBEAN THROUGH FRI
 NIGHT...REACHING GALE FORCE ALONG THE COAST OF COLOMBIA THIS
 MORNING AND WED MORNIN

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Weather discussion are not clear on what the BVI will see.  While some forecast models show TD 2 may grow into a larger storm and possibly impact BVI Most show the storm is more likely to become a remnant wave and would bring us only higher winds and rain.  Next 24 hours we all need to watch the weather reports.  For those on boats who may not have good internet service several weather reports are available on SSB HF Radio both Marine and Ham bands which are received here in the Virgin Islands.  Local radio stations AM and FM also often carry a weather report and most marinas will have copies of the weather reports posted each day.

Stay aware of the conditions and be prepared and be safe.
--
later
da Wayward Sailor
 

- Dusty and Dark
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:08:37 -0400 (EDT)
Another power outage in Road Town and no telling where else.
 
 
Paradise is great! Power outages means you need to go to the beach or go sailing, solar power your body and water cool with the ocean.
 
Works for me!
 
Tis the time of year when sunsets are stunning!  Mostly it's the Saharan dust that brings these spectacular colors. A recent article about the Saharan Dust can be found here. Here is an excerpt:
 
A piece of Africa—actually lots of them—began to arrive in the Americas in June 2014. On June 23, a lengthy river of dust from western Africa began to push across the Atlantic Ocean on easterly winds. A week later, the influx of dust was affecting air quality as far away as the southeastern United States.
 
 
 
 
 
Warm and Dusty Regards,
The Mermaids in the Virgin Islands
 
 

- Mermaids and Dolphins
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:26:46 -0400 (EDT)
Hot in the mid 80's with scant trade winds. A good day to cool off at the beach for sure. No tropical disturbances on the horizon!
 

Break the Grip of the Rip is now a course discussing the structure of rip currents, how they form, and the different types you may encounter. The course also explains why you are vulnerable to rip currents, how to spot them, how forecasters predict them, and safety guidelines that can be used to keep you and your family safe. And it's FREE.

 
 
 
Warm and Steamy Regards,
The Mermaids in the Virgin Islands

- Supersize the Super Moon
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:53:13 -0400 (EDT)
Description Moon Rise Saba Rock Island British Virgin Islands.JPG
 
The full moon tonight plus the ones in August and September will all be super moons.
 
We all love the supa fool moon party at Bomba's on the beach in Tortola too!
 
Nuts and bolts...
 
The scientific term for the phenomenon (super moon) is "perigee moon." Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side ("perigee") about 50,000 km closer than the other ("apogee").  Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon's orbit seem super sized and brighter.
 
This coincidence happens three times in 2014.  On July 12th and Sept 9th the Moon becomes full on the same day as perigee.  On August 10th it becomes full during the same hour as perigee—arguably making it an extra-super-duper Moon."
 
Warm and Super Regards,
The Mermaids in the Virgin Islands
 
A fabulous beach read;
by Dear Miss Mermaid

- Hot Sultry Daze
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:01:41 -0400 (EDT)
No tropical disturbances at this time. Fabulous news but it's only July. Hot, sultry weather with tradwinds.
 
Full moon Saturday night which means the Fool Moon parties at Bomba's and Trellis Bay will be in full swing!
 
Sunset from the islands. Life is awesome!
 
 
Warm and Sultry Regards,
The Mermaids in the Virgin Islands
 
 

- Smooth Sailing, No Tropical Cyclones or Storms Expected This Week
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:23:10 -0400 (EDT)
Paradise gone fancy at Ivan's on Jost Van Dykes.
 
Cloudy and overcast today with a chance of scattered short showers. Mid 80's, no storms on the horizon.
 
The first time I went to Ivan's bar on Jost Van Dyke when it opened sometime in the early 90's  it was a self serve honor affair much of the day. You just found your way around the bar, made your drink, wrote up your tab and paid Ivan when you could find him. If you couldn't find him, you just left your money on the bar with something to weigh it down like a big seashell or a rock so the tradewinds wouldn't blow it away.
 
Warm and Wet Regards,
The Mermaids in the Virgin Islands
 

- Happy Days
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:39:56 -0400 (EDT)
Fabulous news we love to see this time of year! No tropical cyclone activity!
 
Hurricane Arthur is yesterday's news, thank goodness.
 
Somebody is not a happy boater...
 
Mind the rudder... or meet the rocks!
That is current cut and if you take the wrong side in the middle of the night... you could end up like this. Ouch!
 
From The Mermaids in the Virgin Islands
 
A great beach read;
by Dear Miss Mermaid

- Author Arthur penning a new track
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:37:36 -0400 (EDT)
 
Tropical Storm Arthur as authored a new name as Hurricane Arthur.
 
Luckily the Virgin Islands are under no threat at this time as Hurricane Arthur is far north eyeballing other islands, namely the Outer Banks.
 
While the Virgin Islands are tall and mountainous, the Outer Banks are nearly flat with no mountains at all. Hence they are subject to severe flooding from the storm surge. Because their sand dunes are pretty tall, the sand can and does spill over into the only highway during bad storms.
 
Temps in the Virgin Islands are in the mid 80's with balmy trade winds around 16 miles per hour, perfect for sailing.
 
Swimming and diving are great ways to cool off and meet interesting critters.
 
Warm and Sultry Regards,
 
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- Almost Hurricane Authur
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:57:16 -0400 (EDT)
While tropical storm Arthur is not a threat to the Virgin Islands, it's a sobering reminder to stock up now with hurricane supplies (and don't forget the rum!)
 
Forecast indicate that hurricane Arthur could skim the Outher Banks, a series of beaches and islands along the eastern coast of North Carolina.
 
Arthur is authoring the introduction of the 2014 hurricane season. I used to refer to the male named hurricanes as himmacanes rather than hurricanes. Some people got this joke, and others wrote me asking what in the world was I talking about?
 
Dear Miss Mermaid toured the Outer Banks in October 2013 searching for more mermaids. The sand dunes there are incredibly tall, like 4 story buildings.
 
Tropical storm Arthur churns off the coast of Florida with an eye towards traveling northerly.
 
Meanwhile in the Virgin Islands, weather is sultry and summery with the typical scattered clouds and occasional 5 minute rain shower.
 
Warm and Sunny Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid
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- No Worries Mon
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:03:50 -0400 (EDT)
 
No hurricanes, no tropical cyclones, no disturbances, just another fantastic day in paradise.
 
Who would have thought the Virgin Islands would have their own air freshener now? Life is goof...
 
 
 
Warm and Fragrant Regards,
 

- Friday the 13th Full Moon
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:13:05 -0400 (EDT)
No hurricanes for the Caribbean on the horizon.  Hurricane Christina is in the Pacific. Today is Friday the 13th and it's a full moon.
 
To compound the unique date the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned Wednesday that solar flares could send a "shockwave" to Earth on June 13 and briefly disrupt communications.
 
So you might as well go sailing or swim at the beach.
 
Tonight is the Fool Moon party where you can dance on the beach to live music at the Bomba Shack or Trellis Bay.
 
From The Mermaids in the Virgin Islands
 
For a good time read: 
by Dear Miss Mermaid

- Weather is wonderful!
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:58:49 -0400 (EDT)
 
Indians and surfers, what a mix!
 
 

- No hurricanes, just a pirate!
  • From: DearMissMermaid at aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:16:06 -0400 (EDT)
Wonderful weather, no hurricanes.
 
Bert Kilbride put BVI scuba diving on the map!
 
However, I've got some good news. In spite of our policy of giving the award to a person who would be able to personally accept it, I've discussed with the family the wide range of contributions made by Bert to our profession. They unanimously agreed and I'm honored to be the first to tell you about his nomination for this year's Mel Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award. Please send me an address to where we can send the official nomination request. Also I and others would love to see you and as many members of your family down here in July to participate in the award ceremony. Thanks, and Congratulations on an award much deserved. - Pat

His nomination is final. He is this year's recipient of the MFLAA.Mel Fisher Days In The News

Please pass the word to everybody :)  Good time of the year in Key West 8-)
 

Saturday July 12th 
Sizzlin Street Fair:
Rock with the Spam All-stars, bid on over $20,000 in silent auction items, and try your luck at the dunk tank.

Follow your Dreams at the Tropic Cinema:
For the first time the Fisher family offers a public screening of videos from Mel Fisher's early treasure hunting expeditions. Before the Encore show the Mel Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the family of 'Sir' Bert Kilbride.

More information at

http://www.melfisher.com/Library/InTheNews.asp

 

Saba Rock when Bert and Gayla Kilbride lived there.

 

 

 

 
 
 

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