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3/31/2012 Mile Buoy aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 5' - 40' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 51F Surge: 6'
Max Depth: 140FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:20
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Our tech trip on Saturday started with the following forest-cast (notice the mention of a train of steep waves???):

SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE OVERNIGHT AS A STRONG COLD FRONT
APPROACHES THE COAST. THESE STRONG WINDS WILL GENERATE STEEP FRESH
SWELL. IN ADDITION...RAIN PLUS A LARGE SWELL UP TO 20 FEET WILL
BUILD IN FROM THE WEST SATURDAY AS AN ASSOCIATED LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM PUSHES INTO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THIS LARGE SWELL TRAIN
WILL BE STEEP AND IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST INTO SUNDAY. AT THE SAME
TIME A SOUTHERLY SWELL WILL MOVE INTO MOST OF THE COASTAL WATERS.
THIS COMBINATION WILL LEAD TO VERY HAZARD CONDITIONS.


However, the 35 knot winds were from the south which was supposed to make the bay flat. As we motored out we saw white caps inside the harbor and there were some wind waves from the south at Mile Bouy. Capt Jim took a look at the condition and monitored the wind and waves for a while, and as we hanged it there the waves coming from the south diminished quite a lot, so he gave the go ahead for the team of divers: Doug, Eric, Clinton, John, Susan and Beto.

We descended following the down-line and had great vis all the way to 100ft. Once we reached the bottom we found about 5-10 vis with a lot of sand in suspension. No the best conditions.... however, we just relaxed and zoomed into the invertebrate life at the site. We found tons of nudibranches, some of them trying to climb into the gorgonias, 3 nice basket starts and a lot of lingcods in the sand and crevices. The top of the site had very nice colonies of metridiums.

During deco vis was nice and we had tons of salps to look around.

Capt Jim said there were about 15min during the dive were the weather was totally crazy. It rained very hard, with 35knot winds and the waves came back. He could not have pick up any divers during that interval :-0. However, it didn't lasted very long so divers were not aware of it. I think we squeezed a dive in but probably not the smartest things to do after all.

Today the the bay is covered with NW white caps and I can see the train landing over Point Pi~nos ;-)

Here photos from Clinton.