Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin has been churning in the Caribbean for a few days and Saturday we finally felt some of the effects. It turned out to be a pleasant day, mostly sunny with drier air coming in from the NW.  The river was a bit choppy and the water looked like coffee. We had a good turnout of windsurfers; the locals plus sailors from Jupiter, Vero and even Hawaii.

West winds are alway gusty so sailing was like driving the interstate at rush hour, sometimes you are hauling and other times not so much. It's a lot more work but after a light summer of sailing it was all good.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika

Hurricane Erika was like an over hyped super bowl. For a week we were seeing epic windsurf forecasts and then she fell apart. Saturday afternoon the highlight was a local storm cell that lit up the river for about 20 minutes.

Sunday however was a different story. The remnants of Erika was over the state bringing cloudy skies and some strong S winds to our area. When I arrived at the causeway the wind had backed off some but by the time I rigged the wind came in with a vengeance. If you are carrying board and sail down to the water and both are flapping in the wind like a dish rag, you might want to rethink what you are doing. On the water I had way to much speed, little control and I was in the air to much for my frame to endure. Then this blinding, stinging rain came in that reduced visibility to zip. After battling my way back to the causeway the wind and rain backed off and the rest of the afternoon provided some great windsurfing.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Art's big day

Well I think Art's birthday and "major award" went off rather well. It was a sunny, windy day and a good group of people showed up. Art arrived at 2:00 and we were afraid he would rig and we wouldn't see him till 6:00. Art felt the wind would build and conditions would be right at 3:00, so he was content slowly assembling his gear and talking to all these people showing up. The rest of our group and the cake showed up in the nick of time as Art was on his way out. We had to call him back and as he made his way up to the grassy area we started singing Happy Birthday! The look on his face and reaction.... priceless. He wanted to turn around and go back out on the water.... and he started to! But he was a good sport and joined in. We presented him with a plaque which read, "In recognition of Arthur "Art" Delaossa with honor and appreciation "an inspiration to all windsurfers" Treasure Coast Windsurfers May 21st 2015. Then the cake was cut, the wind filled in and we went windsurfing. Thanks to everyone who participated and contributed to this event. For more photos click here.

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.