Noel’s a Breeze

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.