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- Invest 93L
  • From: da Wayward Sailor <dawaywardsailor at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:48:24 -0400
We have a new invest off Africa that has potential of becoming a TS over the next 3 to 5 days of 70% and could possibly effect this area.  While it is too early to determine where and what strength this event could have locally, the existing plots are shown below.
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This is only one group of plots another set shows a scatter more to both sides of us.  By mid week we should get a better idea of what is going to occur.

Today is a wonderful sunny day in da islands with few clouds and seas running below 4 feet for the next few days and winds between 8 and 15 Knots most of the time.  Little chance of rain and none for snow.......  I could use either as my tanks are getting a bit low on water.  Had a nice day at the beach on Sunday at Josiah Bay.  Trellis Bay had a Great BBQ going on at Da Loose Mongoose Friday as they now always do and if in the area you should stop be.  The beach Bar area is being expanded and now has sit down table with great food and drinks.  The road from Road Town to the Airport is in a real mess with construction taking place and this will last for some time.... it is da islands after all.

Stay safe and enjoy the island on great days like today.

--
later
da Wayward Sailor
 

- Between da Waves
  • From: da Wayward Sailor <dawaywardsailor at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:33:43 -0400

​Nice but slow day here in Trellis Bay.  Had a few short showers over night and this AM but the Sun has popped out for now and few boats are around.  Most you see here are always here.  Maybe 4 or 5 charter boats will be in overnight unlike the prime seasons.  Still you can often get a great show watching the boats come and go.  Had Great BBQ at the New Loose Mongoose last night.... 2 Fridays in a row so it must be good.  The Sunday Brunch is also very nice.  Lots of Mongoose activity going on and it is looking good....

--
later
da Wayward Sailor
 

- Where in the world?
  • From: mermaid gardener <mermaidgardener at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:27:27 -0300
Good Morning Readers!

After a long walkabout or should I say a transition from living on dirt to becoming a liveaboard cruiser, okay in simple terms, I confess and come clean, I have just spent the last 18 months cruising and "limin" errrr living aboard a lovely sailboat, cruising the Caribbean!   Our sail started well over a year ago from the USVI and we ended up as far south as Grenada. What a fantastic journey!!!

The other confession is that da Wayward Sailor and I sailed together off into the Windward sunset and back.  Fulfilling a dream come true for the both of us. We are back at our home port, living the dream of cruising around the Lesser Antilles, dodging squalls, hurricanes, and downing a few Ti Punches along the way. That's another story.

It's great to be back!  More tidbits of our journey, lessons learned and experiences will be forthcoming until then the weather.

Reports are as follows:  the last tropical wave passed over the BVI yesterday, leaving unsettled weather especially to the south of us, the tropical wave is moving at 20 kt across the Caribbean and will continue to give us strong tradewinds. Today's winds are from 17Kt, later this evening 20 kt, Saturday early  winds at 17kt gusting to 20kt easing to 18kt Saturday night.  Current temperature is 82 degrees.

This morning we have had several showers passing us by but with no accumulation, off to the south I can see several larger cells but not a wash out kind of day.

Enjoy paradise wherever you are! 

Cheers!
the Mermaid Gardener




 

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- Two weather waves this weekend
  • From: da Wayward Sailor <dawaywardsailor at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:48:34 -0400
.SYNOPSIS...A TROPICAL WAVE...THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION
 TWO...IS MOVING THROUGH THE LESSER ANTILES AND WILL ENTER THE
 CENTRAL CARIBBEAN FRI...THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN SAT AND PASS W OF
 THE AREA MON. A SECOND TROPICAL WAVE WILL ENTER THE TROPICAL N
 ATLC FRI...THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SAT...THE CENTRAL CARIBBEAN SUN
 AND THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN MON

TD 2 is no more but will provide us with increased winds and seas with some rain and possible thunder storms over the weekend when a second wave follows it into our area.  Things should get back to more normal by early Monday.  Small Craft should take caution as some gust could be over 25 knots and seas will build even in the Sir Francis Drake Channel.  I can see some white caps that are wind blown and the areas between the outer islands have higher seas coming through the passages.  I saw one charter boat in Trellis Bay take over an hour to hook up to a mooring last evening.  Seems higher winds and far excessive use of power controls is a bad combination..... but many of us had a good show for free.

With the winds having a bit of North in them, many of the ferry boats coming into Trellis Bay are causing Very Large Wakes into the bay.  Some of these are over 4 feet and the boat operators seem to not take any notice at the potential damage and injury this poor seamanship could cause.  They seem for forget that THEY can be held responsible for such damage and injury.

--
later
da Wayward Sailor
 

- TD 2 should loose steam
  • From: da Wayward Sailor <dawaywardsailor at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:59:46 -0400
.SYNOPSIS...TROPICAL DEPRESSION TWO NEAR 14N 56W 1012 MB AT 11 AM
 EDT TODAY MOVING W OR 275 DEG AT 22 KT. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS
 30 KT WITH GUSTS TO 40 KT. THE DEPRESSION WILL WEAKEN TO A REMNANT
 LOW PRESSURE NEAR 14.5N 58W AT 8 PM EDT TONIGHT AND THEN WEAKEN TO
 AN OPEN TROUGH BY EARLY THU. A TROPICAL WAVE WILL MOVE THROUGH
 THE TROPICAL ATLC WATERS ON FRI NIGHT AND SAT AND THROUGH THE
 EASTERN CARIBBEAN ON SUN AND MON. FRESH TO STRONG TRADES WILL
 CONTINUE ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SW CARIBBEAN

We should get winds on Thursday and Friday up to 23 Knots with a chance of higher gust.  The rain seems to be lower than first thought, we should get more on the afternoon and night of Thursday through Friday AM with good low and high level cloud cover but it is forecast to clear for the weekend


--
later
da Wayward Sailor
 

- 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)
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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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