The weather front has finally arrived with full 35-knot winds and even higher gusts. I was hoping for another 4 am start but never got the call from our boat captain, Jean-Pierre Bouillon. Although I had my gear ready at this early hour, it was not to be :^( Small craft warnings and raging seas with whitecaps greeted us this morning.
Because of this extreme weather, we will have our first "down" day of diving. We have been extremely fortunate to get in 9 dives to the Empress already on this expedition-so I can not complain. It is time for me to catch-up on my writing and sleep. We are all disappointed in the blown-out day as tomorrow will be our last diving day on the Empress of Ireland for 2005.