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long period swells like one elevator ride after another, we were face of a national hurricane Center forecast seemed, somehow,
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glad that the hurricane was actually making landfall fifty miles rash to say the least. When it comes to hurricanes on deliveries,
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forecast! observations recorded 100 foot waves off the Canadian approach to take. But while we were making those choices, you
coast. If we had chosen to run into st Johns and were late, it can be assured that our entire focus was on options, probabilities

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could have been a disaster. By electing to remain current with the and choices. the chat amongst the crew, while calm and

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forecast, keeping plenty of sea room between us and the most measured was certainly focused. And to this day we all enjoy the
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showing in that particular chess game with the weather.
Bill Biewenga can be reached at billbiewenga@cox.net or via
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