On Sunday afternoon, I made it to the Natural Bridges parking lot before
anyone else (Windsurfers, that is) and took my time rigginng. The wind
was OK but not great although due to it's more than usual wewsterly direction,
it was filled right into the beach.
After rigging my 5.0, I headed out, and failing to head up past the kelp bed
decided to 'power' through it. After getting right into the thickest part of
the kelp bed, I became totally entangled and had to body drag across the kelp
to clear water before sailing in again.
BY the time I was ready for a second run, otrher sailors were out. I started
from as far up wind as I could, and this time made it past the kelp and out into the open ocean. The wind was good but not great and although I was powered up
I could not point well and had to keep jumping out of my straps as I ran into
I had noticed what I assumed to be a fishing boat right in the arae where
a female sailor had encountered her version of the kelp saga. LAter when I
had come back to the beach (after further kelp adventures) she came over
and said "did you hear what happened?" It seems that the fishing boat
was in fact the coastguard and were flagging sailors down and letting them know that two GReat Whites had been seen that day, one off NAtural BRidges
and the other of ITs Beach.
Pretty soon there were a lot of sailors on the beach and a lot of nervous
jokes. Some decided right there and then to derig and go home. Others
decided to go out anyway.
One sailor whose full name I don't know (Steve something or other, a Waddel
team sailor I think) decided to go out. I figured it was OK for him as he
NEVER falls and completes 100% of his jibes (sigh). Anyway, 5 minutes later
he was back. He had seen a big splash and something moving fast under the water.HE did not see a dorsal fin or anything but decided he had had enough and came
AS for me? Well, I decided the wind was not that great anyway and went home.
We are not alone.