Monday, June 30, 2008

6/29/8 Art's heading in.
It was good to be out on the water Sunday, I hadn't been out in two weeks!!! The wind was blowing 14 - 16 for about 3 hours. There was a thunder storm NE of us that helped bring the wind up some. Art showed up, rigged a 7.5 and he headed out to the House of Refuge. I could see Dicks sail out there as well. Frank and Sarah came out and worked on there windsurfing skills. I rigged an 8.5 and pretty much stayed near Frank and Sarah, but I did shoot over to the IRP marina a few times. Water was very low and there was a fair amount of boat traffic.

Learning at the causeway Sarah's video

Friday, June 27, 2008

We are saddend to hear that Morty passed away last week. Any information regarding an informal memorial will be posted on the forum. There is a link to the forum on the top right column of this blog.
The weather the past couple of weeks has been very tropical and unsettled in nature. When I check the Jensen web cam site the wind history looks like a mountain range in the evenings. Spikes rise up to 20 with gusts to 25 for a period of an hour or less and the 24 hour wind graph shows wind direction from all points of the compass. Weather forecasters show high pressure off the coast, wind out of the SE and the storm activity should diminish some through Sunday.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Saturday the wind was light out of the east. We ended up at the sailing center. Sarah, Frank and Austin were on the water honing their windsurfing skills. My younger daughter Becky was down from Asheville and was on the water as well. Dino and I paced the shore and sandbar giving advice when we thought it was needed but we were hoping mostly that the wind would fill in. Dino did go out on the formula board with his 10.7 and it looked like he needed every square centimeter to get up on plane.
This week was just like last, wind was light and out of the west with frequent thunder storms (Art, you didn't miss much). Today, Saturday and Sunday the wind is all over the place but in the afternoons it is out of the east around 10, we will see.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Most of this week our weather has been dominated by an upper level low causing the storms and light wind. It is supposed to move out of the area and friday through the weekend we should see winds out of the east. The NOAA hourly is showing Saturday afternoon as the best day for wind, 14 - 18mph out of the east.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The students at D&D School of Windsurfing are progressing! Austin is beach starting, tacking and you can see him pumping his sail when the gusts come through. He favors cammed sails and carbon rig components, fortunately he has a rig master/Dad with the same tastes. Sarah and Frank have both beach started, their runs are getting longer and are working on their tacks. We were at the Stuart causeway on Sunday at 5:00 and stayed almost till 9:00, Tammy and Willa came along, great time had by all!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunday around 3:00 Sarah, Frank and I were at the Stuart causeway. They spent at least 2 hours on the water. Dino and Austin showed up and Austin seems to be picking up this sport quickly. Off in the distance Arthur seemed to be lurking, not the tropical storm but Art on his windsurfer. I am pretty sure it was his sail we saw. Around 5:30 I grabbed Dino's 10.7 and took off on my formula board. The water was shallow, the wind was lite so my runs were short. It seemed like to much work so I called it quits around 6:00. While we were packing up the wind filled in.......figures.

Its easy as one two three.

Dino and Austin make it look easy!

Geez Dad rig me a bigger sail and I'd be planing too