>I will be in bay area in mid march. Where should I sail? How cold is
>the water this time of year? What stuff should I bring? I live in WA
Lately we've been getting hit pretty consistently with storm systems. The
storms have made for some serious high wind sailing at Berkeley and Alameda on
S and SE winds. Last weekend a lot of people were blown off the water on 4.0s.
The coast has also been blowing both south and north of the Gate. I was told
that sailors were blown off the water on 3.5s at Half Moon Bay the weekend
before last. On the other hand, I've found a lot 6.0 sailing between systems.
I'd bring gear for 4.0 to 6.0 conditions. March can be flukey. There is bound
to be a few monster days if your hear for a while. The pundits are claiming El
Nino will be the *** weather force here for at least a couple more months.
I think it has been great for the sailing as long as your willing to go at a
moments notice. I'd try not to decide where to sail now, but check in with Call
of the Wind once your ready to sail.