Friday, January 09, 2009
The New Year, The Wazoo Cup and global...cooling?
Yeah, cooling. We woke up this morning to a temperature of 45 degrees, a near record low for the Florida Keys. Not just a record for the day, a record cold for any time. The last time it was this cold here was 1892! It seems we're in a weak sunspot cycle so, as predicted, the earth is actually getting cooler. Ice age, here we come.
Thankfully it is supposed to get back up into the 70s by this afternoon.
New Years Eve we were invited to spend the evening on "Inspiration," a Catalina 36 owned by Billy and Bette. They had several other couples over and a splendid time was had by all.
Last weekend the coveted "Wazoo Cup" was awarded to the winner of the Wazoo Cup race. The Wazoo Cup Race is a really strange dinghy race in which the boats race around a set course, not to see who has the fastest time, but to see who comes closest to an unknown "mystery" time. Bev and I entered and had a lot of fun, but we didn't win. The crew of "Cloudwalker" won the race. It was all for charity.
I finally got around to building a bracket to store the dinghy engine on board Walkure. That way we can take the engine off the dink and set up the sailing rig. It will also make towing the dink easier.
Here are a few pictures of the race, the dinghy sailing and Morgan sharing Bev's coffee! I've also included a new picture of Pete, the macaw who lives on "Gypsy Cat."
If you are reading this post from the Yahoo mailing list, make sure you log into the main blog site to see a new feature I've put up. On the left side there is now a gadget that lets you see the weather here in Marathon, or wherever we happen to be.