Sunday, June 24, 2007

Kalmus, Windsurfed, WSW, 10-26, with Gerry, 5.2,6.2/Acid 94

Good Fun; I probably could have been on the 6.2 for most of the time but the 5.2 was still fun. I rigged the 6.2 near the end when the wind was really dropping off. I got 1 heli-tack with the 6.2 on the Acid94 in the light winds. When I first got there it was mid-tide and those little chop waves on the sandbar were so much fun. That's the closest I've come to waves so far this year.

Traffic; I left for home at 9:15 last Sunday and had no traffic slow downs. I left at 8:00 tonight and hit a few minor slowdowns north of Duxbury but not bad.

Picture- unknown sailor at Kalmus late in the day, no crowds.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Boston Harbor- Hough's Point, Windsurfed, NW, 10-25, 6.2/Carve123

Looking west, mid-tide, when I launched.
Looking west, high tide, when I got back.

Easy to launch, hard to get back; This was my first time launching at Hough's Point. I thought it might be good for NW winds. I followed IWindsurf's directions to the seawall, "course sand to gravel beach in residential area". I had to scramble to get the equipment down the cement and rock seawall but gravity helped. There was another sailor out by Nut Island, the furthest point of land in the right photo. I sailed out to him and there was a nice cove with some chop hopping so I didn't come back until the end of the session. When I got back the tide was high and the beach was gone. I couldn't figure out how I was going to get up the seawall. After awhile I decided to try carrying the rig up some stairs that were partially underwater but not too far from the truck. I thought I might get knocked around by the chop, but the water depth at the bottom of the stairs was waist to shoulder deep, and the chop wasn't that big, so it wasn't a problem. The wind was O.K. for NW. I planed about 75% of the time.

East, mid-tide

East at high tide. The stairs for getting up the seawall didn't look very appealing from the water but it was fine.

The view towards downtown, looking north.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Boston Harbor, Windsurfed, SW, 10-15, 6.2/Carve123

Fooled agian; It was 15-21 when I left the house, 13-18 when I got there (20 minute drive), and 10 -15 by the time I was rigged and on the water. I launched in Boston Harbor just outside of Pleasure Bay, and sailed until it was pretty dark, 9:15. It was still a good workout, got some sail 360's.
Picture; Pleasure Bay, unknown sailor with airplane.
Sailor has been identified! Claudio on a 9.5. Click on heading to see comment.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

West Dennis/ Kalmus, Landboarded, SW, 3-10 MPH, 5.2/landboard

Freestyle Frenzy; light winds, non-planing conditions. There were some very good freestylers there. It's too bad that they were limited by such light winds. The second picture shows some of the action in heat 1.

Beach Trainer; Nakita had his trainer out for
everyone to try. Fantastic!

Mitch gave me some tuning tips on the Real Hot sails; he gets his info straight from the source- Jeff Henderson and Rob Wymore. Tips- downhaul at least until the batten above the boom clears the mast before the boom is attached. After outhauling, the section of leech above the boom should be straight, can be loose though. Don't worry if the Sail looks pretty flat. My sail definately looked better after the tune up!

Landboarding at Kalmus;
The report went around that the wind was up at Kalmus and was heading towards West Dennis, except it never got there. Mitch and I eventually drove to Kalmus. No luck. Gerry was there. He had been planing for about an hour or 2 just before we arrived. After sail tuning, I landboarded until about 9:15 in the parking lot. There was just enough room in the far end of the lot to get some duck jibes. I tried tacking but I couldn't quite get it to come through the wind far enough. The board really picked up speed in those 10 MPH gusts!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Pleasure Bay, Windsurfed, NE, 20-30, a few others, 5.2/Acid94

Super quickie; I snuck in a very brief session around dinnertime. Between work and family responsibilities I only had about 1 hour on the water. It felt great to be out in planing conditions! It was my first time getting good wind at P Bay. I was starting to think that wind never happens here.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Plymouth Beach, No wind, No direction, No Wndsrfing, No Landboarding, Nothing

Not even enough wind to move the land-board. It was 10 -15 when I left the house, 1 to 6 when I got there. #*%&*%# wind! You are toying with me again.
Picture; Plymouth Beach looking towards Duxbury, 2 hours after low tide, not very good for the land-board at this tide, might be good for wavesailing in a NE or E down past the jetties. For entertainment, I drove up the coast as far as Humarock scouting out new launches for the future. No luck.