First Day sailing since moving to FL (Anna Maria

First Day sailing since moving to FL (Anna Maria

Post by Marc Gui » Sun, 06 Oct 1996 04:00:00


Wow, what a sesh!!!  It's presently blowing out of the east at 30
knots, gusting to 36.  Rare for Florida at this time of year.
However, with 80 degree air and 80-degree water, you just can't beat
it!

Since moving down here a month ago I haven't had the chance to
windsurf.  I wasn't about to pass this up.

I rigged my 4.5 (my smallest), and headed out.  It's great being able
to rig in the front yard, and carry it across the street to launch!!
No more stacking my gear on the roof of the car.

At the beach across the street, an easterly wind is side-onshore,
approaching from the right.  The first 1/4 mile or so out is
incredibly shallow (no more than hip deep), so the shorebreak was huge
but gradual.  Getting through the whitewater of the surf was no
problem, it was the swells outside that were killer.  I took the
A-rock (yeah, I know, _waaaay_ to big, but I'm just not comfortable on
that Seatrend yet, and this was pretty intimidating stuff), and the
swells were 4-5 feet and _very_ steep, creating some sick ramps on a
starboard tack.  Did some magazine air without meaning to. ;-)
Sitting in the water preparing to waterstart takes on a whole new
meaning here when you remember that the world record Hammerhead catch
was only a few hundred yards away.

For the first 30 minutes or so, I got beat up miserably.  I think that
it was the intimidation factor.  After that, however, I started to
have a little more fun, running up and down the beach and "surfing"
with the shorebreak a little bit.  Had to be careful close to shore,
and I caught the fin a couple of times on the soft sand with no great
catastrophes.  

On the last couple of tacks the wind accelerated slightly to the point
where I could barely hang on anymore, so it was time to call it a day.
Now it's off to the hottub for a nice, relaxing soak.

Life here in Florida ain't too bad.

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Marc Guido                         Jay Peak Ski Patrol              
Anna Maria Island, Florida             (inactive)

First Tracks!!, an online ski magazine:
http://www.rpi.edu/~guidom/FirstTracks.html

Adirondack Boardsailing Club:
http://www.rpi.edu/~guidom/adirondack.html
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First Day sailing since moving to FL (Anna Maria

Post by Marc Gui » Mon, 07 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Marc,
>How are you going to get thru the winter without scaping your
>windshield? How could you give up all that snow and ice for mere
>warmth?

The snow I will definitely miss.  Knowing that some of my buds caught
opening day at the Big K on Friday really bums me out.  Hiking in the
'Dack High Peaks or  the Greens will be missed, too.

Other than that?  No tears.

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Marc Guido                         Jay Peak Ski Patrol              
Anna Maria Island, Florida             (inactive)

First Tracks!!, an online ski magazine:
http://www.rpi.edu/~guidom/FirstTracks.html

Adirondack Boardsailing Club:
http://www.rpi.edu/~guidom/adirondack.html
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First Day sailing since moving to FL (Anna Maria

Post by Paul Hodgd » Mon, 07 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Marc,

How are you going to get thru the winter without scaping your
windshield? How could you give up all that snow and ice for mere
warmth?

Congrats...sounds like a great day out. Here in the freezing NE (New
Hampshire Seacoast) we are all wearing our drysuits (or wishing that
we did!) ans carpaing windshields. Had my first time out this fall in
the 5/4 drysuit that I sailed all last winter in. It was gumby reborn!
How did I ever move in all this neoprene?

Enjoy the warmth for me!

full sails,

Paul

Quote:

>Wow, what a sesh!!!  It's presently blowing out of the east at 30
>knots, gusting to 36.  Rare for Florida at this time of year.
>However, with 80 degree air and 80-degree water, you just can't beat
>it!
>Since moving down here a month ago I haven't had the chance to
>windsurf.  I wasn't about to pass this up.
>I rigged my 4.5 (my smallest), and headed out.  It's great being able
>to rig in the front yard, and carry it across the street to launch!!
>No more stacking my gear on the roof of the car.
>At the beach across the street, an easterly wind is side-onshore,
>approaching from the right.  The first 1/4 mile or so out is
>incredibly shallow (no more than hip deep), so the shorebreak was huge
>but gradual.  Getting through the whitewater of the surf was no
>problem, it was the swells outside that were killer.  I took the
>A-rock (yeah, I know, _waaaay_ to big, but I'm just not comfortable on
>that Seatrend yet, and this was pretty intimidating stuff), and the
>swells were 4-5 feet and _very_ steep, creating some sick ramps on a
>starboard tack.  Did some magazine air without meaning to. ;-)
>Sitting in the water preparing to waterstart takes on a whole new
>meaning here when you remember that the world record Hammerhead catch
>was only a few hundred yards away.
>For the first 30 minutes or so, I got beat up miserably.  I think that
>it was the intimidation factor.  After that, however, I started to
>have a little more fun, running up and down the beach and "surfing"
>with the shorebreak a little bit.  Had to be careful close to shore,
>and I caught the fin a couple of times on the soft sand with no great
>catastrophes.  
>On the last couple of tacks the wind accelerated slightly to the point
>where I could barely hang on anymore, so it was time to call it a day.
>Now it's off to the hottub for a nice, relaxing soak.
>Life here in Florida ain't too bad.
>------------------------------------------------------
>Marc Guido                         Jay Peak Ski Patrol                  
>Anna Maria Island, Florida             (inactive)

>First Tracks!!, an online ski magazine:
>http://www.rpi.edu/~guidom/FirstTracks.html
>Adirondack Boardsailing Club:
>http://www.rpi.edu/~guidom/adirondack.html
>------------------------------------------------------