|We were flying, but boy it shows that, now I have all the windows in, I need to pressure wash the boat. Also the headsail is a little dirty, but there is little I can do about that, I understand.|
|After the repair. The admiral and me with the new block and shackle from the vang.|
|The sun is about to set in the west.|
|A nice head wind, waiting for darkness and the algae glow.|
The algae that are causing the bloom are Alexandrium monilatum. The algae is somewhat toxic; not horribly toxic to humans, but this species does appear to be toxic to young fish, young oysters and young crab. Older ones seem to be able to withstand it. While the bioluminescence is a sight to behold, it is also an indication of too much pollution in the water. The algae bloom are caused by the pollutants we generate on land and that runs off in our stormwater, in particular phosphorus and nitrogen in animal waste and fertilizer. An interesting juxtaposition, my hobby (sailing) and my profession (sttormwater education), all together.