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  1. Thanks Mark!
  2. Luca- NHC and NWS have labeled the new low 97L. It is sitting in prime position to draw energy from the Gulf Stream and the updates NOAA forecast reflects just about everything we predicted five days ago. You guys gotta have more faith... FROM NWS HATTERAS, NC .MARINE... SHORT TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... AS OF 330 AM TUESDAY...TIGHT PRES GRADIENT BETWEEN HIGH PRES TO N AND LOW PRES TO SE WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT...AND WILL ACTUALLY INCREASE AS LOW GRADUALLY RETROGRADES TO W-SW. GUSTY NE WINDS WILL CONTINUE ALL WATERS AND ADDED ALBEMARLE SOUND AND ALLIGATOR RIVER TO SCA FOR FREQUENT GUSTS TO 25 KT. WAVE MODELS AGAIN INITIALIZING 1-2 FT TOO LOW COMPARED TO BUOY OBS...AND ADJUSTED FCST ACCORDINGLY. SEAS 6-8 FT NRN WATERS WILL BUILD TO 8-10 FT TONIGHT...HEIGHTS 1-2 FT LOWER FOR SRN WATERS. Hey Mark -- what about the MD/Delaware beaches for this weekend -- specifically Ocean City, MD and Bethany Beach, DE? Thanks -- TCOTB
  3. Fixed it for 'ya. Thanks for the tips on the PFDs. Will definitely look into these.
  4. Well done jpuffyman and crew, and fair winds to those lost. Veeger, I realize you THINK this is a compliment, but perhaps you should go back to the cave and shave your knuckles and try to figure out why what you think is a compliment is really a dig at women sailors, and frankly, women in general. The rest of us would like to continue reading and learning from a relevant discussion of the events. Ajax, if you get any good intel on PFDs with spray hoods, share the wealth. I've wanted to upgrade mine for a while and this tragedy is a strong and sad reminder to do as sailing starts to gear up. It is a shame that it takes an event like this for people to take safety more seriously. I'll often hear comments like "oh, its just the Bay" when talking about sailing on the Chesapeake. We've had crazy weather come through that would challenge some of the best offshore sailors, and a few summers ago, we went through a spate of weather-related accidents (especially on the Magothy River) that resulted in loss of life. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that those events are what it took for me to invest in a proper PFD and tether. Shit comes up fast on the Bay -- we were on a night race a few summers back and a storm came up -- 3 knots to 28 knots with gusts into the 30s in about 3-5 minutes. After about 20 minutes, everything settled back down and the rest of the night was an absolute perfect 10-15 downwind run home. That's Chesapeake Bay sailing. The relatively calm "normal" conditions of any sailing location should never be taken as an excuse not to be as prepared as possible (jack lines, proper pfds, throw lines, etc.) TCOTB
  5. Okay, I'm going literate on a cloudy Monday . . . Spent much of yesterday reading "The Proving Ground" -- the story of the 1998 Sydney-Hobart race. It's interesting so far . . . I'm curious about what other nonfiction SAILING books SA-ers have read and liked or hated. Need something new to read when this one is done . . .