Monday, November 24, 2008

I arrived at the causeway Saturday at 9:15. Art was rigged and heading out on his 6.5. The wind wasn't blowing as forecasted and was showing some holes so I rigged a 7.0 and put on a big fin. When the gusts came through I was cursing the big fin and then when I was hunting a gust to get back on plane it helped, so I guess I rigged right. I buzzed up to the Jensen causeway and to the cove north of Joes point. After an hour I made my way back to the Stuart causeway and a lot of sailors were rigging. The wind was NE and you could almost parallel the channel and sail with the boat traffic. I checked on Willa and went out for another 30 minutes and then the wind seemed to back off. It was a good morning on the water and when the sun did break through the clouds it sure felt good.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Austin is heading out.
11/19/8 Mathew calls it a day.
11/19/8 Wednesday the wind was blowing a bit better than the previous day. I rigged a 6.0 and went out on my 88L board. Mathew, Dorian, Dave M and Art were already on the water. I was pretty well powered but didn't want to stray to far north of the island in case the wind faded. The first 45 minutes were great and I sailed some with Mathew. Then the wind backed down and it was iffy getting back. After work I walked to the top of the bridge and shot some photos. Unfortunately the light was fading fast and my batteries died.

11/19/8 Coast Guard patrolling the Indian river.
11/19/8 Unidintified sailor heads in.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Jeez I wish I could be as wrong as much as a weather forecaster and still be employed. Today was supposed to be a big wind day and it didn't really happen till about 2:00 and then it faded around 4:00. I went out on a 7.0 and the water was fairly flat with some gusts coming through so it was fun. Brandon and Jon were on the island around 3:30 and they were trying to figure out who was the fastest, Dave, David or Dave! I'm not sure but we had a good time.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday was forecast to be a big wind day out of the north so I headed up to the south jetty. At 9:30 it was blowing 12 - 15 and at 10:15 it was 15 - 17. I rigged a 7.0 on a 118L board and headed out. James was already on the water and we sailed around for a while. When I got past the jetty I had way to much speed and it was hard to control the board so after a half hour I came in and talked to Jon and James some. I considered rigging a smaller sail but decided to go back out and then the wind faded. I plan to try it again when the conditions are right and can be on smaller gear. I headed down to the Stuart causeway and everyone was packing up because the wind had droped. I saw Mathew and Greg (aka. Kawabunga). Art was rerigging and Dino was on his way but I decided to head home.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Jerrys heading in, wind wasn't quite filled in enough.


Tuesday at lunch the wind wasn't up as expected but fortunately I had my light wind gear. I went out on the formula board and rigged a 10.5. I was nicely powered and made my way north to the Jensen causeway. Light wind sailing is so relaxing, the water was flat and the only sound was that of the water hitting my board. Well that and the sound of the water hitting Ricks board as he sailed past. We found Art at the Jensen causeway nicely powered on a 7.5!!! He could probably plane on a water ski with an umbrella. It turned out to be a great lunch hour.


Ingrid dances around the mast.


This past Sunday I got down to the causeway around 3:00. I brought my light wind gear and the wind was blowing about 7.0. I rigged my 8.5 and went out on the formula board for an hour and a half. I had plenty of power, actually it wasn't that bad. I gave Dino a run for his money a few times. It was interesting because the Stuart airshow was going on and a lot of ariel maneuvers were taking place in the background. The only down side was the amount of boat traffic.


Rick is giving David some assistance as the "Master Rigger" looks on.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tough day on the water

10/31/08 - I went out friday during lunch and had a good sail. I hadn't been on the water in 2 1/2 weeks. Wind was out of the NNE 20 - 25. Rigged a 7.0 and sailed up to the Jensen causeway and on the way back saw Dave M and a few others. I went out again after work and rigged the same. Dino, Ron and Clark were there. Shortly after hitting the wind line and getting powered up everything came unglued and I ended up in the mast broke. Dino sailed by and took my boom in and then Ron sailed over and offered to pick me up at the west island. That was a big help, so I rolled up the sail and broken mast and lashed it to the board and paddled in. Later I found out David had broken down earlier in the day.