Paranoia Strikes Santa Cruz

Paranoia Strikes Santa Cruz

Post by Jim Munro x24 » Wed, 21 Aug 1991 01:24:31


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
'holes'.

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
in.

AS for me? Well, I decided the wind was not that great anyway and went home.

We are not alone.

Jim Munro

 
 
 

Paranoia Strikes Santa Cruz

Post by Dan B. Kas » Wed, 21 Aug 1991 03:50:44

Huricane Bob just slid east of the CT shoreline, and here in New
Haven the winds in the harbour are a solid 50mph by my best guess.
Very impressive.  I probably would be*** out at Light house
point, which is the only on shore spot around, waiting for someone
else to show up and the winds to mellow a bit more, but

1) They closed the park and the police blasted the megaphone
at me 'get out now'.

2)  I hear the polution in the water gets out of hand after a
big storm with lots of rain.

Anyone know the truth about 2?

Dan Kasha

 
 
 

Paranoia Strikes Santa Cruz

Post by Jim Hog » Wed, 21 Aug 1991 23:21:37

Quote:

} Huricane Bob just slid east of the CT shoreline, and here in New
} Haven the winds in the harbour are a solid 50mph by my best guess.
} Very impressive.  I probably would be*** out at Light house
} point, which is the only on shore spot around, waiting for someone
} else to show up and the winds to mellow a bit more, but
} 1) They closed the park and the police blasted the megaphone
} at me 'get out now'.

Yea, you have to have a place on the shore to be able to windsurf the
hurricanes around here :-(.  I saw a few boards headed for the sound
today.

Quote:
} 2)  I hear the polution in the water gets out of hand after a
} big storm with lots of rain.
} Anyone know the truth about 2?

Yea, 2 is true.  It works like this.  The storm drains from the streets
feed into the sewer lines.  So when a big rain comes the treatment
plants get lots of sewage.  More in fact than they can handle.  So they
simply open up the gates and let the stuff go directly into the sound.
You should see some stuff in the papers over the next few days about
how various towns let millions of gallons of sewage go into the sound
during the hurricane.  As for New Haven harbor, New Havens facility is
on the east side and West Havens is on the west side :-(.  Take a
look at the signs on every telephone pole that say don't eat the shell
fish.
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