Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fog Sailing

I took a look at The Cut- dense fog, no waves, light WSW wind that was almost straight offshore at the launch.

So I went to Kalmus- dense fog, no waves (of course), light SSW wind that was almost straight onshore. The wind did pick up for awhile but it was very gusty and shifty. And it was foggy.

It was eerie being out there and hearing the deep rumble of the ferry's motors as they went by, sometimes hearing their horns close by, but not being able to see them, or anything. Occasionaly another windsurfer or a kiter would appear out of the fog then fade into the mist like a ghost.

KALMUS, Windsurfed, 14-37 SSW, 5.2/Acid94, with Jerry, Jeff S, Barry, Scott, Cliff, Tucker, Ron, Bruce, Olivier.

Picture- Seaweed Hands and Fog

Sunday, December 21, 2008

SHOVELED & SAILED, Scatteree Landing, ESE 35plus, 3.5/RW85, air temp low 40's, with Igor

Shoveled & Sailed- That pretty much describes my weekend. Barbara and I shoveled 1 foot of snow on Saturday. I left the house on Sunday morning in another snow storm, drove south to Chatham where it was 10 to 15 degrees warmer, sailed overpowered on my smallest gear, then drove home to shovel for an hour to get my truck back in the driveway. Crazy weather, it snowed the whole day in Boston, rained the whole day in Chatham.

No Cut- Igor and I were going to sail at The Cut, but Barry pulled up and told us that we were crazy to go out there with the outgoing tide, gale wind, rain, low visibility, cold. That was all we needed to make the safer decision to go in the harbor. I'm glad we did. It was challanging enough in the harbor without having to worry about breaking something and getting sucked out into the rollers outside of The Cut and beyond. The meter was down but the wind was averaging mid 40's in Wellfleet.

Picture- Unloading from another refreshing session here in the tropical paradise of Massachusettes.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Windsurfed, The Cut, SSW,SW 15-23, 6.2/ Acid94, Barry

What a beautiful afternoon! The sun almost made it feel like a Summer day. The air and water temps were in the mid 40's, very comfortable. The wind was pretty steady, especially considering that it was side-off at the launch. Tide was going out, wind blowing against the tide made the wind seem stronger. My sail and board felt perfect for the conditions, for once. I played in the tiny waves around the sandbar island, did speed runs behind the beach, and raced some fishing boats into the mouth of the harbor around sunset. This is the best way I know to keep my spirits up as the days grow shorter and colder.

Picture- it could be a lovely Summer evening.