Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Three Fronts In Five Days

We have had several fronts push through the area in rapid succession. Saturday afternoon I was able to sail the Sanibel causeway on a sunny NW wind. I first rigged a 6.0 on an 85L board but was overpowered and went back out on a 5.2. There was about 8 windsurfers and a half dozen kiteboarders on the water.

Monday after work I sailed the Stuart causeway on a NW wind. Brandon, Tom and Dennis were leaving when I arrived but they agreed a 5.2 on the 85L board would be good. I took off from the beach like a rocket got out a half mile and the wind faded. I caught some gusts and made it back.

Another front is coming through Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Causeway Cookout & Swap Meet

Sunday February 8th, Stuart Causeway east island. Bring your favorite cookout food, beverage and appetite. I will bring ice, eating utensils, plates, cups and charcoal. I will fire up the grill around 2:00 pm. Talk this up among the group because I don't have everyone's email address.

We can do a swap meet on the same day, so inventory your gear and bring out the excess.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Whoo Hoo, Sailing Again!

I finally was able to sail this past Sunday afternoon. The wind came up late in the afternoon out of the North. Ron and I sailed out of the Mansion at Riverside Park. I had 2 expectations either I would end up back on crutches or be pleasantly surprised and fortunately it was the later. I rigged a 7.0 and was fairly well powered. Ron was on a 92L and a 6.5. My ankle was a bit tender, I sailed for 45 minutes and all my jibes were dry.

Friday, December 5, 2014

East Wind Blew All Week

We had a high pressure system set up off our coast which provided an east wind. It did push frequent rain cells through so it was a wet week as well. I was at the causeway around 3:00 pm on Monday. The wind had just dropped and Brandon was stuck and had a long swim in. I am still hobbling around on a sprained ankle and found out Jon sprained his playing volleyball. Art, Ron, Rolf, and Clark had been on the water.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Art, He Da Man!

I pulled this off Jeff's Facebook page, thanks Jeff.

Windy Week

On Monday 11/17 we had another cold front push through. The wind stayed up all week as it clocked around to the east and then the south. I talked to Ron T and he said Monday they launched from the mansion as the wind blew straight down the river. Saturday I could hear the wind chime banging in my backyard all day with an east wind blowing. My ankle is still a mess, no windsurfing for me. Ron said They launched from the west island of the causeway. He rigged a 5.2 on a 75L board and was way powered. Sunday they were on the east island and the wind was out of the SE. He rigged a 6.5, the tide was coming in hard, and just barely avoided going under the causeway. Yesterday the wind was still blowing Jeff said gusts to 30mph. Today seems light but it is supposed to build late as another front pushes through tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Strong Cold Front Comes Through

Monday we had some gusty SW winds blowing ahead of this cold front. I could hear the wind chime banging in my backyard. Yesterday it was heavily overcast with light rain and the wind was blowing out of the north. I saw Ron T posted that he sailed at the mansion and the wind was 30mph. Today it is supposed to be blowing out of the north again with overcast skies in the mid 60's. The NOAA hourly report shows 10 and I-windsurf 18mph.

I haven't sailed since my last post but from what I have heard 7.5 and bigger is the gear you would need. I sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago and I don't expect to be on the water anytime soon.