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Re: 2016 Labor Day Weekend..

I want to know what happened to mbianka/Mike's cruise ship trip to Bda. I passed it today on the west side of Manhattan and it was still there in the afternoon. Norwegian Cruise Lines Gem o' the seas, or some such moniker it has.

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I want to know what happened to mbianka/Mike's cruise ship trip to Bda. I passed it today on the west side of Manhattan and it was still there in the afternoon. Norwegian Cruise Lines Gem o' the seas, or some such moniker it has.
Its in the Bermuda thread. Sails tomorrow right into the teeth of the thing!

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Re: 2016 Labor Day Weekend..

We have the armed forces Fleet Week Los Angeles here, going to go sight seeing from the water as the land will be too busy.

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Sailed/motorsailed from North East to Annapolis today, 7.5 hours from mooring to mooring. Wind was probably 20-25 and out of the north all day, mostly 3-4 swells with very occasional five or six footers. I motored with a bit of jib out most of the time, used the stack pack as a touch of mainsail - if I had a triple reef I would have used that.
The decision last night (Friday) was to stay on the mooring but conditions changed as conditions often do. My read of the forecast around 10 am was Hermine slowed up off North Carolina and went more east than expected so there was a window to get to Annapolis and be ready to head south from here when the forecast is favorable.
This was not blindly running with scissors - there were places to run and hide all the way down; when one was passed the next was targeted on the chart plotter. I wore a PFD, but didn't bother with a harness ( no need to go forward, if I had to I would buckle in).
Not many boats out, saw three Towboat US skippers, one with a small motorboat in tow. There was a CG report of 2-4 people in the water off Carpenters Point, probaby a Hobie Cat I passed on my way down bay an hour earlier. The APG Rescue boat and USCG inflatable were banging north into the wind and waves heading that way - credit to those crews, looked like very rough work.
Approaching Annapolis, past the bridge and about 3 miles out I saw a paddle board guy heading east (a long way to land). He fell off so I turned back to check on him and got a wave, thumbs up, "thanks, I'm fine". Marked an MOB on my charts where he was last seen in case someone turns up missing.
I can't use a SUP in a pool, in that wind and that far from land is really insane. (He did have a PFD/backpack kind of thing on)
So no rain, bigger but typical short frequency waves and wind that our friends in the PNW call a light or regular day.
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Re: 2016 Labor Day Weekend..

@Dfok ,
I hope I never tire of going under the Bay bridge. So far so good.

That picture of yours of the bridge reveals some pretty threatening looking cloud formations; those dark/light rows/ridges...

You got great pictures and made your destination. I love watching stormy weather; mostly from shore.

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With 20/20 hindsight, very sad we bailed. I suppose that's always the case.

Took the kids to the pool today - totally gorgeous outside of course.

Maybe we'll get on the boat tomorrow...
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With 20/20 hindsight, very sad we bailed. I suppose that's always the case.
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Re: 2016 Labor Day Weekend..

I've been archiving NOAA's storm track each day, and the storm is well east of their cone of uncertainty. You either go with their predictions or you ignore them (at your peril).

You can't wait until the storm is on top of you to decide to bail. Remenber, as recently as yesterday we had tropical storm WARNINGS up to Sandy Point.

It is interesting to read back and see how strongly some warned against venturing out.
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I've been archiving NOAA's storm track each day, and the storm is well east of their cone of uncertainty. You either

It is interesting to read back and see how strongly some warned against venturing out.
Each plot today has been exactly due East. But the NHC is calling it ENE. Its not. Its due east.
Between 5 and 8 pm they show 8pm as ENE at 5kts but it was 25 nms DUE EAST.

On the second quoted point: Yes I was most vehement: do not head out when a hurrucan is about because feeder bands can have exceptionally strong winds, squall and even tornados.
I stand by that!

But now with all the easting the storm has made today I am in agreement with the New Jersey Governor who has decided to open the beaches tomorrow. The damn thing is 360nms off NYC. I think its safe to lick an ice cream at Cony Island or the NJ version of it.

In the last few hours the met guys on Twitter have been saying wow is us how could we have made a mistake. Mistakes were not made... nature just decided to do something else.

And why does half of NJ and NYC still have a Hurricane Warning? Shouldn't it be back to a Watch?


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It is interesting to read back and see how strongly some warned against venturing out.- Take Five

Rick, what did you mean by this?

20/20 hindsight and Monday morning quarterbacking really accomplish nothing

People make their choices with the best information presented to them at that time. I sure those who warned others not to go out ( I can't remember recall reading anyone say that) were given their advice which they have the right to do. It also may have to do with their situations. Some had little children and maybe the weighed it and didn't thing the reward was worth the risk.

We are all adults and decide our own personal risk vs rewards.

I did see many , including myself who said they weren't going out. I am glad I didn't go out, and so is my wife. However some did go out and had a great time. I am sure they were experienced and exercised good prudent caution.


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