Good morning everyone. Noel blew through New England last night reminding us that although the official hurricane season is over nature minds no calendar. Mary and I were down at the boat putting on a few extra mooring lines and checking the chafe gear when the first of the rain and wind came in just after noon time. It’s good to know all the gear and small boats are safe and sound. It amazes me that the Tropical Prediction Center dropped mention of Noel after 5 PM on Friday. When I checked the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (aka GoMOOS) website last nite the wind was gusting on Nantucket at 69 miles per hour with 39.7 foot seas on the Georges Bank. Here in our modest little neighborhood the Penobscot Bay buoy recorded gusts at 50 knots.
The cover was still on the schooner last I knew but Jen will have to give you a more precise report on Tuesday. I am off to Texas once again this morning. As you may recall we left the tallship Elissa in Corpus Christi for the week so today we fly back to bring her home. Windjamming in the Gulf of Mexico only makes next summer seem too far away. When I return home we will be putting the finishing touches on the schooner for the winter before heading into the barn and out to the wood pile. I can't wait.
Have a great day. Be well. Do good.