Well I guess someone had to be first. tuesday I was rescued by the Yerba
Buena Coast Guard. San Francisco Bay From Tibiron to Dumbarton Bridge Is
patroled by this group of fine men and women. and when self rescue in a
flood tide at Oster point did not work, current too strong, fin broken off
Harness useless as fin, Rescue attempt by friend towing ineffective. the
Coast Guard Saved me from 8 hours on the Very chilly bay Rescue complete
at about 6:30 pm with the delivery of myself and my remaining equipment to
the harbor master of Oster Point Marina for a quick ride to my car and friends
So what happened you may be asking?
My fin broke, How, I was using the little quick fin attachment very small plate
that rotates into the slots in a chinook box choppy conditions and the plate
must have rotated so fin dropped back and sheared at the back
I no longer recomend this fin plate!!!!
Try to use fore fin kept in harness , Useless
Harness in the straps for drag at first it just popped back over the tail.
tried to use front straps no directional control.
loosing ground now off Flying Tigers.
ditch rig new mast 5.7 wave sail and base Sail cloth stuck in ring on base
friend comes out and sails back with boom to bring back rope
Tom Roberts Thanks again for trying
attempt to tow back straps to Universal Joint This results in Tom pointing
stright up wind after 10 feet or so of progress too much strain and can't
!!!! tow from universal to universal so the towing sailor has Board Control
Rope will be in his way,but it will work.!!!!
After the old tie down strap broke and Tom's Arms were Worn out He had to give
up the attempt. I asked he have Harbor master call coast guard.
Others friendly to sailors had already called, Thank you Genintech People
They were on 2 way radio giving directions to the coast guard, who where
not able to see me due to swell and sun direction untill they were about
100 yards away from me. I waved they waved and they directed me to the side
It took 3 due to my 270 lb. of sailing muscle. I was not much help after my
swim-tredding for 1 1/2 hours.
The men directed me to go below and warmed me up with fresh towels and blankets
Took my name checked for signs of hypothermia and drove to the marina where my
truck and friends waited
so I suggest
Review your self Rescue ability
Of course carry some line 20 feet in several peices
2 to tie sail mast etc to your board and one for a tow line
have you tried to put your harness on the straps? try to pull it over the
tail of the board if you can the water can.and you will spin out Try the other
board. as well.
pay attention to sun and current It was still light but in twilight
the Coast Guard may not have found me at all. those on land may not have
the radios that the people who helped me did.
Use a Floaty board on marginal days I was on an 8'8" with a 5.7 sail
very sinky and hard to handle with the fin but impossible without it
Know how to remove your boom and sail in the water.
Will your uphall mess you up mine did if you must unclamp the board tie it
to yourself first
Did I mention several lines 5 to 6 feet!!!
I will take a day or two off and be back on the water friday or so but with
more respect for the Conditions of Spring sailing 1. Cold air getting very
cold at dusk. It will be several weeks before it is over 60 f. at 6pm.
Wind almost always Gusty.
Frontal conditions v.s. Thermal
Early shut-downs of wind.
Buddy system very important.
Fix or repair Known problems i.e. sail sticking to extention
may not have had to ditch mast and base could have tied sail to board. but
rigged it was not possable to tow in. 30 min of stiching would have fixed sail
Bigger board smaller sail is safer, than smaller board bigger sail
Hope my story will amuse and caution you for a great season
Team A U.S. Coast Guard San Francisco
Harbor Master Oster Point Marina
The guy with the radio
and the other sailors who kept an eye on me
Ron Malmgren (Big Ron) going back to my 9'5" Seatrend And Waddell Race sails
untill I Swim much better.
... "Yield to temptation, it may not pass your way again." - L. Long
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