Long Island NY sites

Long Island NY sites

Post by Michael John Creu » Tue, 12 Oct 1993 10:47:51


                   Windsurfing sites on Long Island

This list is of my favorite spots for windsurfing on Long Island, New York.
It is not very complete but covers all wind directions.

Belleview Park, Center Moriches:  Go east on Montauk Highway about 3/4 mile
from downtown Center Moriches.  Turn south on Belleview Ave. and drive to
the end.  Best winds are from S to W; particularly the SW flows that come
just before a cold front arrives.  Parking is free all year and the rigging
area is a nice mowed lawn.  At low tide you should wade out past the sand
bar about 100 yards off shore before starting. In the summer there can be
considerable boat traffic in the channel about a half a mile out.  Across
the bay there are some nice flats behind Fire Island.  Pay attention to the
currents if you go near the inlet, which is a couple of miles SE.  Weed fins
are a necessity here in the summer and early fall.

East Moriches NY State public access site:  From Montauk Highway, go  south
on Atlantic Ave. from the only light in East Moriches.  After about 3/4 mile
turn left on Moriches Island Road.  When it ends at the water the launching
area is on your right.  You can drive in off of the access road to the Coast
Guard Station.  Best winds are from NE to S.  The SE flow can be outstanding
here during a storm.  Parking is free all year.  The rigging area has
deteriorated due to last year's storms and people driving on the grass; I
keep hoping they will eventually make people park outside as at Belleview
Park.  The shore here retreated  about 20 feet during last winter's storms.

Shore Road, Remsenburg:  From South Country Road take Shore Road south to
the end.  Free parking all year.  Best winds are S to W.  Can be rather
shallow at low tide.  Lots of boat traffic in the channel in the summer.

Cold Spring Road, Southhampton:  Going east on Sunrise continue past where
limited access ends to exit 6, and turn north on Sebonac road.  After about
1/2 mile turn left on Cold Spring Road to the end.  Park on the east side of
the road at least 150 feet from the water.  Good on any kind of north wind.
Excellent on a NW just after a cold front goes through.  The Peconic Bay is
fairly wide here so there can be a lot of big chop.  It is often described
as a "mogul field."

Some other spots I have not tried myself include Hecksher Park, Gillette
Ave. Bayport, New Suffolk, the ocean near Ponquogue, Napeague Harbor, and
Meschutt Park except in summer.  Send me your descriptions and I can add
them to this file.

Mike

 
 
 

Long Island NY sites

Post by Lawrence T. Ho » Wed, 13 Oct 1993 21:23:56


Quote:
>                   Windsurfing sites on Long Island

>This list is of my favorite spots for windsurfing on Long Island, New York.
>It is not very complete but covers all wind directions.

>Belleview Park, Center Moriches:

>East Moriches NY State public access site:  

>Shore Road, Remsenburg:

>Cold Spring Road, Southhampton:

>Some other spots I have not tried myself include Hecksher Park, Gillette
>Ave. Bayport, New Suffolk, the ocean near Ponquogue, Napeague Harbor, and
>Meschutt Park except in summer.  Send me your descriptions and I can add
>them to this file.

        Mike,

Yikes, you left out West Meadow Beach, Stony Brook. You must be a south shorer.
Nichols Road North to rt 25a. Left at light, right at next light onto quaker
path. Follow the signs to WMB. Great in a N/NW (when the south shore is sheltered
by the island). Free parking. Paved lot. No weeds. Sound-sized waves break ~
100 yds. from the beach. Sound sized = bigger than peconic or great south bay,
smaller than atlantic.

Where do Long Islanders go for Ocean sailing? The cost of 4x4 access at Smith
Point has gotten out of hand. Are there spots in the Hamptons now that the
summer tourists have fled?

Oh yeah, you also left out my favorite sailing site : my house in East Patchogue. :-)
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Long Island NY sites

Post by Mike O'Conn » Fri, 15 Oct 1993 23:18:29

Mike,

        It was a suprise to see some Long Island postings here for a change.
Good idea!


Quote:
>                   Windsurfing sites on Long Island

>This list is of my favorite spots for windsurfing on Long Island, New York.
>It is not very complete but covers all wind directions.

>Cold Spring Road, Southhampton:  Going east on Sunrise continue past where
>limited access ends to exit 6, and turn north on Sebonac road.  After about
>1/2 mile turn left on Cold Spring Road to the end.  Park on the east side of
>the road at least 150 feet from the water.  Good on any kind of north wind.
>Excellent on a NW just after a cold front goes through.  The Peconic Bay is
>fairly wide here so there can be a lot of big chop.  It is often described
>as a "mogul field."  

        I do about 75% of my sailing at "Cold Spring", since I live in Hampton
Bays it's a short trip.  In strong wind the place is a "mogul field", I sailed there
last year with Ian Boyd in a strong 5.0 West wind and when I asked him what he
thought about the conditions he said, somthing about "big knarly chop".  
One nice thing about sailing at cold spring is the great beach you have to hang out
on in the warmer months. Peconic bay is relatively deep (read no sand bars) and
there are never any weeds.  "Wind Surfing Hamptons" is practicly accross the
street so stop in and see John Ford if you break something or need new equiptment.

The beach at Cold Spring faces north west so the wind Range is potentially
SW, W, NW, N, NE.  Heres what to expect:

South West - Best Months: May - September, August was a drought this year though.
             When it's blowing southwest in the warmer months this is a great
             spot for sideshore winds with moderate chop.  South West is a very
             common direction on LI.  Good port tack chop hopping.  

West - Best Months: March - October, Straight West is less common here but when
             it happens the waves have the best shape of any direction.  West
             wind provides a tack straight out to the south race between Robins
             Island and the south fork.  The waves which have had a long
             distance to build up combine with the south race current and a
             shallow sandy bottom out in front of the National Golf Links.
             Check out the National's windmill positioned on the bluffs as
             you are slashing down the line on the cleanest three and four foot
             waves you'll see in Peconic.  Out deeper by the south race it's
             still "big knarly chop".

North West to North - Best months: October to May.  Very common as cold fronts
             sweep down from Canada.  This is the source for the strongest wind
             when sailing "Cold Spring".  The biggest knarliest chop.

North East - Bluffs create gusty wind in NE wind. When the wind direction
             turns North East Peconic sailors tend to check out other spots, like
             Meschutt Park, or East Landing or West Landing rd which face
             progressively North as you go west along a cresent.

Quote:

>Some other spots I have not tried myself include Hecksher Park, Gillette
>Ave. Bayport, New Suffolk, the ocean near Ponquogue, Napeague Harbor, and
>Meschutt Park except in summer.  Send me your descriptions and I can add
>them to this file.

        I have got to go but I plan to put my two cents worth in with on
New Suffolk, Ponquogue and Napeague Harbor.

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