Sunday, December 20, 2015

Great Windsurfing This Weekend

This weekend provided some great windsurfing. Saturday the river was covered in whitecaps with the wind blowing out of the NE. The weather was very nice, low 70's and mostly sunny, we had a great turnout at the causeway. Sunday the wind clocked around to the SE and had backed off some. It was great to sail two days in a row. Click on this link to see photos.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Windsurfing gear giveaway

Warren has some equipment he would like to give away. He has a 4.5, 5.3, 5.6 ,6.4  sails and also a kids rig that he used on his skateboard, carbon fiber mast and a windsurfing Hawaii boom and a bag of boom extensions and fins. He also has a  mast base and harness. 
He can be reached at 772-597-5111

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Update to Windsurfing Cookout

Nouveaux Honkies will be playing briefly for us so try and get there at 5:30pm

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Change to windsurfing cookout

Hello again windsurfers! Looks like we have a change in plans regarding our cookout. It will now take place at Tom's office building. Their is plenty of room, chairs, balconies on riverside and a good setup for music. We will also have use of a grill. This all takes place Sunday December 13th at 5:30pm at 465 SE Riverside Dr in Stuart. And remember we will  do this the same way as at the causeway. Bring a meal, desert and beverage for yourselves and some to share. Ice, cups, plates, napkins and eating utensils will be provided.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Windsurfer Cookout

Hey windsurfers we will have a cookout Sunday December 13th at 5:30pm. Tom Connelly has graciously offered the use of his property at 26 S.E. Seminole St. in Stuart. The grounds will be lighted and the pool heated for our enjoyment. We will need to bring beach chairs or folding chairs. It doesn't look like we will have any grills so plan your food accordingly. We will do this the same way as at the causeway. Bring a meal, desert and beverage for yourselves and some to share. I will bring Ice, cups, plates, napkins and eating utensils.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Five Days of Windsurfing

After a week of salivating over the weather forecast it finally arrived this weekend. Some of our group sailed at Virginia Key, Stuart causeway and Ft pierce inlet. I chose the latter since sailing waves is such a huge change from flat water and it is close by.  Their was six of us windsurfing with about a dozen kite boarders. We had a great time but the wind really came up around 5:30 but by that time I was wiped out. The wind is supposed to stay up till Thursday turning easterly so hopefully I can get out again.

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.