Windsurfing at Shoreline in Mountain View CA?

Windsurfing at Shoreline in Mountain View CA?

Post by Cathy L. Walla » Thu, 24 Sep 1992 06:43:55


IF you've had experience sailing at Shoreline Park (the man-made I think
sailing lake) could you tell me what its like?  I have always been against
sailing there do to the small size and reputably toxic water, but went by
there yesterday and it seems bigger and cleaner than it used to.
Comments?
Hows the water? Wind? do you need a wetsuit? whats the best time to sail
there?
cost to launch boards?
 
 
 

Windsurfing at Shoreline in Mountain View CA?

Post by Alain Dumes » Thu, 24 Sep 1992 14:09:17


|> IF you've had experience sailing at Shoreline Park (the man-made I think
|> sailing lake) could you tell me what its like?  I have always been against
|> sailing there do to the small size and reputably toxic water, but went by
|> there yesterday and it seems bigger and cleaner than it used to.
|> Comments?
|> Hows the water? Wind? do you need a wetsuit? whats the best time to sail
|> there?
|> cost to launch boards?

I havn't sailed there in a while (I first learned there, now I find the
place too small and not windy enough for me (I got to the bay)) but I stop
by regularly. The best winds are during the summer, just like the bay,
only weaker. It costs $4 to sail there (there is person at the parking
entrance during the weekends asking you for the money, during the week they
catch you by the water), and you don't really need a wetsuit during warm
days (water is not cold), but you are required to carry a lifejacket (can
rent them there).

The nice things about it this year is that they now have much better
facilities (room to change, shower and even place to rinse equipment) and a
nice grass by the water to setup your equipment. Weekends are usually
much too overcrowded though...

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Windsurfing at Shoreline in Mountain View CA?

Post by Jaime Corde » Mon, 28 Sep 1992 12:15:20


Quote:
>IF you've had experience sailing at Shoreline Park (the man-made I think
>sailing lake) could you tell me what its like?  I have always been against
>sailing there do to the small size and reputably toxic water, but went by
>there yesterday and it seems bigger and cleaner than it used to.
>Comments?
>Hows the water? Wind? do you need a wetsuit? whats the best time to sail
>there?
>cost to launch boards?

Useful facts to know about Shoreline: the area is 55 acres, it is approximately
20-25 ft deep, dropping off rapidly from waters edge (i.e. there is not too
much shallow area to stand up to practice water and beach starts in).

The water is pumped in from and out to the Charleston slough (i.e.
San Francisco bay) and is supposed to be charcoal filtered and 4x cleaner
than bay water. I'll leave that to your judgement as to whether that is
clean or not. There has, in the past, been some concern about the possibilty
of bacteria concentrating
in the lake, but this has been checked out, and last report I heard, was ok.
It is regularly checked by the city (I believe, but it might be some other
agency. I forgot to look at the guys uniform when I was talking to him).

The park is owned by the city of Mtn. View and is the site of the old Mtn. View
dump, as is the nearby Shoreline Amphitheater and gold course. There is no
charge to enter the park, but there is a $3.00 launch fee for all craft,
unless you rent there, in which case it is included in the rental fee. There
is a season pass for $100, but in my opinion, this is a bad deal. Better to
pay the fee each time. The lake itself used to be a salt pond and has been
dredged to its current size. Oh, by the way, no power boats or craft over
14' and absolutely no catamarans.

The city requires that life jackets been worn while on the water. In addition
to windsurfing, there are canoe, small sailboats, kayak, and paddle board
rentals.

From the beach, the sailing area (summer) is from the beach to the left and
towards the golf course at approximately 45 degrees to the beach. That is to
say, the wind is side on-shore. Most of the lake is not that usable for
shortboard windsurfing, but long boarders can use the whole thing.

The summer sailing for all but beginners generally starts after 1-2 in the
afternoon, with winds from 10-20 knots, generally right around 15 knots or so.
The beginners class ends at 1:00, so if you need some light winds to warm up
in, you can come before lunch.

In the summer it is generally crowded in the parking lot and on the water. If
you can work upwind you will be in a lot less traffic, as most of the sailors
can't. If you are at all advanced (i.e. can waterstart, or are trying to learn),
I recommend Coyote Point, 3rd Avenue, or, the Palo Alto marina (at high tide),
as better wind, less crowded alternatives.

For more details, call Spinnaker Sailing, the company that runs the
concession at the park, at (415) 965-7474.

Jaime

DISCLAIMER: I teach windsurfing at Shoreline.
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Windsurfing at Shoreline in Mountain View CA?

Post by Kirk Lindstr » Sun, 27 Sep 1992 21:46:07

Quote:
Cathy Wallace writes:
>IF you've had experience sailing at Shoreline Park (the man-made I think
>sailing lake) could you tell me what its like?  I have always been against
>sailing there do to the small size and reputably toxic water, but went by
>there yesterday and it seems bigger and cleaner than it used to.
>Comments?

Shoreline is a great place to learn to windsurf.  The winds are very light
in the AM and often get strong enough for shortboarding in the summer
afternoons if there is fog on the hills over Palo Alto.

Quote:
>Hows the water? Wind? do you need a wetsuit? whats the best time to sail
>there?

Don't drink the water and you should have no problems.
On very warm August days in light wind, no wetsuit is needed.  Most other
days a shortie to a 4/3 is required depending on time of year.

Quote:
>cost to launch boards?

$3 or $4.  You can get a season launch pass if you sail often.  A PFD is
required equipment.
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Kirk out