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I want bad weather!

That's what I always say after cancelling a lesson, which I did for this afternoon.

Bonnie is weaker, but it was really calm this morning. Lake forecast 10-15 from NE.

Radar looked sort of rainy, Small Craft Advisory posted (in lieu of Trop Storm warning earlier) but "real" wind not predicted til tonight.

Nevertheless, better safe than sorry, so it's a no-go. We're a lightweight, low-freeboard boat.

Now I'm watching the local NOAA station at New Canal, c'mon, give us bad weather, so I don't feel like an idiot if it turns out beautiful:

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Ah. wind has come up to 15 gusting 20 knots, from N, so a lot of fetch, will make a stiff chop. We'd have been 40 minutes into the lesson by now. So, I feel a little better.

Weird to hope for bad weather so I won't feel "wrong". But better to be wrong on shore than wrong out on the water. Still, I'd rather be "right". So blow on, Bonnie--yeah, and rain too....;-)
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Well if your an instructor you made the right decision...always better off being prudent about the weather when involving others safety.

Blow Bonnie Blow.....just trying to help...
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Crud.

Storm is falling apart, Lake wind veered east and eased to 10 knots. A brief sprinkle out on the lake, but basically woulda been a nice 3 hours.


"Safe but wrong" again! At least the safe part is good....

Bonnie looks like a fake-out. The oil recovery boats could have stayed out, and we could have had the lesson.

But of course if we had, Bonnie would've strengthened and made scared dorks of all of us.
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Ya...well...thats like saying the charging bear didnt need shot after the fact...

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Forecasts can be frustrating. I remember sitting in the dark and light snow, while NOAA radio announced a gale warning. My little sloop and I were stock still on glassy water, hoping for any breeze.
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