An Aborted Dive on Sombrero Reef
20 November 2015 | Sombrero Reef
With the storm front safely past, we slipped our mooring this morning and sailed out to Sombrero Reef. It felt good to be sailing again after nearly a week waiting out the storm. Sombrero Reef is located about 3nm east of Marathon. It is not hard to find - the largest lighthouse in the Florida Keys stands in the middle of it. The park service has installed moorings, so it's a simple matter to tie up to a ball and dive from the boat straight onto the reef - which we did. It is a gorgeous reef that we could spend days exploring. There are large numbers of fish and plenty of coral.
Unfortunately, the effects of the storm were not entirely over. Seas were running 4' and Aria was rolling on the mooring like a bottle bobbing on the ocean. So we decided to cut the dive short. Getting back into the boat was borderline dangerous. Safely aboard, we scrubbed our plans to spend the day on the reef and sailed instead for Boot Key Harbor. We will definitely be back.