A variety of West Island events captured by our HD cameras
Matt Brasells﻿ of Fairhaven stopped by Taylor Sea Foods on Long Island across from Hoppy's Landing in Fairhaven, MA and looked over dozens of brand new oyster growers manufactured by Ketcham Traps of New Bedford. Each unit is hand made and designed to take a pounding in the open water and can be seen off West Island. Matt proudly stated: "Made In The USA." Matt is my nephew and is also a fan of The West Island Weather Station .http://www.westislandweather.com/
The Fairhaven Improvement Association held it's annual ($42.00 a plate) Lobster Bake at The West Island Improvement Association hall on Sunday July 21, 2013. Unlike the unfortunate weather cancellation of The Homecoming Fair almost a month prior, an isolated shower gave way to sunny skies. The West Island Improvement Association will hold a similar bake on August 18. Photos by MLBaron - Special to The Advocate
Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station.
The "BLUE MOON" , a cabin cruiser that ran aground after losing its mooring during a nor'easter on Friday morning October 2, 2015. The vessel was pulled back into the water by Robert "Hoppy" Hobson and his lobster boat. The pleasure boat was freed up about 11AM at high tide from the south end of Long Island at Hoppy's Landing. Captain Sakwa, an experienced oarsman rowed a line to the grounded boat. The Fairhaven Harbormaster Tim Cox and Assistant Harbormaster Richard Dube assisted. Enter HD for best quality. MLBaron SkyWarn HD Video
A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY today, met for perfect conditions for Bill, of Lakeville. He's been kite surfing for over 10 years and enjoys certain spots around the coast with the right wind direction. "I do it for the exercise" Bill said. He uses caution to the rocky shoreline and obstacles below the surface. His greatest concern, though, is when the wind gets to strong, he has to hover in place. Northwesterly winds at 25MPH offered a nice breeze for surfing close to shore along the north side of the Causeway to West Island, this Veteran's Day, November 11, 2016 about 130PM. The temperature was quite mild for this time of year at 60 degrees for a high at this location. The wind chill could drop later tonight into the 20's when a brief cold spell enters for the weekend. Small Craft Advisories for Buzzards Bay will expire Saturday morning at 7AM. *ML's Note: Bill has New Bedford ties as a fisherman. His Dad owned a couple of boats. He worked on board as a technician.
The West Island Improvement Association held it's very popular Chinese Auction on Saturday, August 15, 2009. As always a full house for this popular fund raising event. Proceeds go towards support of the association and it's building and upkeep.
This golf cart rode across the West Island causeway back and forth from the marina to a waterfront house on the island. This rig was cruising at 30 MPH full of "adult" passengers feeling like kids again, breaking some rules in an unregistered rig., having a good time. Apparently the long walk over the causeway was just too much for this bunch. The "snow-birds" have arrived indeed
Father and Son spend Father's Day at the West Island causeway. Other family members from New Bedford joined in the traditional Father's Day fishing trip to the causeway which has become an annual event for them. Today's forecast: Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. North winds 5 to 10 mph...Becoming northwest with gusts up to 20 mph. TONIGHT Mostly clear. Cooler with lows in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening...Becoming light and variable.
Just an hour before a very low astronomical tide, a small cigarette boat passed under the causeway bridge. Some people on the bridge warned the skipper that the water ahead was too shallow, ignoring their warnings he gunned the engines and sped off and quickly ran into a sand bar. The impact created a big splash of water and sand. Some local boaters tried to pull the craft of the sand bar with no luck. TowBoat US Boat 4 arrived on scene and liberated the vessel shortly after 330PM.
A tradition started around 1963 The Annual Father's Day Breakfast at The West Island Improvement Association kicks off another busy summer season on the island. Over 1,200 eggs were needed for the 3 hour event - that's about 1 egg every ten seconds for three hours! 222 guests were served.
This was the second small shark caught within an hour off the West Island Causeway by these fishermen from New Bedford. This small shark was about 16 inches in length. The sharks were tossed back into the water