Saturday, March 11, 2017

Is the green flash real?

Well now I can say that I have seen it. At least I think I did. The green flash at sunset that is. Except it was not what I had expected. I thought that it was an urban myth to be honest and a by-product of too many sundowners. The place where I am at, off Pigeon Island, is reputably the best place to catch a green flash. I have watched many sunsets and tonight I made out a definite green color, just as the sun was setting. I thought, that can't be it. When I think of a flash, I think of the whole sky lighting up. So I went to Wikipedia and looked it up and it says......

Green flashes and green rays are optical phenomena that sometimes occur right before sunset or right after sunrise. When the conditions are right, a green spot is visible above the upper rim of the disk of the sun. The green appearance usually lasts for no more than a second or two.

The photo is not mine, so I got one from the web that resembles what I saw. I actually did take a photo of the sunset with my camera, and if you zoom in really closely, you can see a little bit of green. Nothing to be get excited about. No big deal right? Except it makes for a great yarn.

Right now I am pulling up my hook and headed for the BVI'S. Rough plan is to overnight at Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Saba rather than doing it all in a straight two day sail. As always you can track me at


Or in preparation for my Cuba trip at ocens snap track at and then enter Onapua in the name or SDR in the group.

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