Over the last week, we’ve had incredibly calm (foggy, but calm) weather. This weekend however, the winds at Eel Canyon were hovering around and above 30 knots. As a general rule the crew and pilots avoid operating the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts when winds are above 25 knots because the high winds make deployment and recovery much more difficult.
For most of this morning, we were still transiting north to Noyo Canyon. We arrived at the dive site and were ready to launch the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) by the time lunch was over. Noyo Canyon is offshore of Fort Bragg, California. This canyon is interesting because the San Andreas fault transects the head of the canyon.