Hatteras 5/19-5/23 trip summary

Hatteras 5/19-5/23 trip summary

Post by DataSe » Thu, 26 May 1994 06:02:10


Just got back from 5 days at Hatteras and it was great. As you may have seen
on the Weather Channel we got one of those infamous Hatteras lows that
cranked in the N/NE winds for four days. There was a gale warning and coastal
flood watch for much of Friday and all day Saturday. We got down late Thursday
but didn't sail because we ran out of time after checking to our house and
grocery shopping. We were told that the winds were around 25-30 all day. NOAA
was predicting 25-35 for Friday so we ate a big dinner for energy and went to
bed. I am shopping for a high wind slalom/bump and jump so I used this
opportunity to demo some boards. More on that after the sailing report.

Friday 5/20 - We got to the sailing site about 10:00 am and the wind looked a
little light so I rigged up my 5.0. No one was our sailing yet so I couldn't
get a report. Put my 5.0 on my Bic Adagio and headed out into fairly powered
conditions. I sailed on this setup for about half an hour and then went in to
see what was taking my friend so long. He was also rigging his 5.0 - the
smallest sail he has. About fif*** minutes later we went back out only to
find that the wind had REALLY filled in. I felt strong enough that I was
thinking that my 4.3 was going to be too big. I knew the Adagio was going to
be way too much board. So, off to the local shops we went in search of a
smaller board and sail. My friend ended up demo-ing a 3.7 World Sails and I
got a Fanatic Ultra Gecko and decided to stick with my 4.3 Infinity. My
friend put the 3.6 on the Adagio and I took the 4.3 and the Gecko. Most other
people were on 3.2 to 3.7. Winds were now 30-35 and gusting over 40 from the
north. Many people who had appropriate equipment went out to the reef but I
felt to over powered to make the trip.

Saturday 5/21 - Almost a repeat of Friday. Winds were a little lighter with
people using 3.5 to 4.2's. We sailed the same setup as on Friday. Again we
decided not to go out to the reef. People who did said the waves were logo
high. We did sail out to the flats before the reef and got some screaming
speed runs in. Great jibing too.

Sunday 5/22 - Got to the water around 7:30. Winds looked a little lighter and
not as consistent. I decided to stick with the 4.3. and put it on the Adagio
to check out the wind. I knew if it was truely 4.3 the Adagio would be too
big. I sailed this setup for about 1 and a half hours before deciding to demo
another high wind board. I went and got a Protech 8-9 80 liter board from
Mike Grundy. The 4.3 was just a little small by this time but I didn't feel
like rerigging. So I pumped onto a plane and then was fine. Now that we were
finally confortable sailing our equipment we went out to the reef. The waves
were down to 2-4 feet but still made great ramps for jumping. We spent about
five hours out at the reef before thirst and hunger finally got the better of
us and we called it a day.

Monday 5/23 - No wind to speak of so we got out our road bikes and went for a
40 mile bike ride. With the exception of the wind this was the best weather of
the trip - sunny and in the mid 70's.

Now, about the boards. The Gecko was nice but didn't really e*** me. I liked
the way it carved and jibed and it seemed to jump pretty well. It seemed a
little bouncy in the chop. My main complaint was that my back foot would hang
way out into the water and there was no way I could sail without my heal
dragging in the water. The Protech 89 was faster but not as turny. It also
seemed to go through the chop better and my foot fit on the board. The
Protech weighs only a little over 14 pounds and is really solid. It felt
almost too stiff going through the chop. Unfortunately I sailed the bump and
jump board (Gecko) in slalom conditions and the slalom board (Protech) in
bump and jump conditions. I also plan on trying the Sputnik 265 and Axxis 255.
Does anyone else have any suggestions for a board in this size - approx. 8.5
feet, 80-90 liters? I am 6'2", 150 pounds so I think the Edge would be larger
than what I am looking for. I am looking for a slalom/bump and jump for 4.0-
5.0 conditions with maybe a stretch into the 3's. Because I have been dealing
with the bouncy Adagio for so long as my slalom board I would really like a
smooth ride.

Jeff - Using my company's internet access for personal buisness but they don't
care.

 
 
 

Hatteras 5/19-5/23 trip summary

Post by Jack Mckinney RFTC » Thu, 26 May 1994 20:30:47


Quote:
>Just got back from 5 days at Hatteras and it was great. As you may have seen
>on the Weather Channel we got one of those infamous Hatteras lows that
>cranked in the N/NE winds for four days. There was a gale warning and coastal
>flood watch for much of Friday and all day Saturday. We got down late Thursday
>but didn't sail because we ran out of time after checking to our house and
>grocery shopping. We were told that the winds were around 25-30 all day. NOAA
>was predicting 25-35 for Friday so we ate a big dinner for energy and went to
>bed. I am shopping for a high wind slalom/bump and jump so I used this
>opportunity to demo some boards. More on that after the sailing report.

>Friday 5/20 - We got to the sailing site about 10:00 am and the wind looked a
>little light so I rigged up my 5.0. No one was our sailing yet so I couldn't
>get a report. Put my 5.0 on my Bic Adagio and headed out into fairly powered
>conditions. I sailed on this setup for about half an hour and then went in to
>see what was taking my friend so long. He was also rigging his 5.0 - the
>smallest sail he has. About fif*** minutes later we went back out only to
>find that the wind had REALLY filled in. I felt strong enough that I was
>thinking that my 4.3 was going to be too big. I knew the Adagio was going to
>be way too much board. So, off to the local shops we went in search of a
>smaller board and sail. My friend ended up demo-ing a 3.7 World Sails and I
>got a Fanatic Ultra Gecko and decided to stick with my 4.3 Infinity. My
>friend put the 3.6 on the Adagio and I took the 4.3 and the Gecko. Most other
>people were on 3.2 to 3.7. Winds were now 30-35 and gusting over 40 from the
>north. Many people who had appropriate equipment went out to the reef but I
>felt to over powered to make the trip.

>Saturday 5/21 - Almost a repeat of Friday. Winds were a little lighter with
>people using 3.5 to 4.2's. We sailed the same setup as on Friday. Again we
>decided not to go out to the reef. People who did said the waves were logo
>high. We did sail out to the flats before the reef and got some screaming
>speed runs in. Great jibing too.

>Sunday 5/22 - Got to the water around 7:30. Winds looked a little lighter and
>not as consistent. I decided to stick with the 4.3. and put it on the Adagio
>to check out the wind. I knew if it was truely 4.3 the Adagio would be too
>big. I sailed this setup for about 1 and a half hours before deciding to demo
>another high wind board. I went and got a Protech 8-9 80 liter board from
>Mike Grundy. The 4.3 was just a little small by this time but I didn't feel
>like rerigging. So I pumped onto a plane and then was fine. Now that we were
>finally confortable sailing our equipment we went out to the reef. The waves
>were down to 2-4 feet but still made great ramps for jumping. We spent about
>five hours out at the reef before thirst and hunger finally got the better of
>us and we called it a day.

>Monday 5/23 - No wind to speak of so we got out our road bikes and went for a
>40 mile bike ride. With the exception of the wind this was the best weather of
>the trip - sunny and in the mid 70's.

>Now, about the boards. The Gecko was nice but didn't really e*** me. I liked
>the way it carved and jibed and it seemed to jump pretty well. It seemed a
>little bouncy in the chop. My main complaint was that my back foot would hang
>way out into the water and there was no way I could sail without my heal
>dragging in the water. The Protech 89 was faster but not as turny. It also
>seemed to go through the chop better and my foot fit on the board. The
>Protech weighs only a little over 14 pounds and is really solid. It felt
>almost too stiff going through the chop. Unfortunately I sailed the bump and
>jump board (Gecko) in slalom conditions and the slalom board (Protech) in
>bump and jump conditions. I also plan on trying the Sputnik 265 and Axxis 255.
>Does anyone else have any suggestions for a board in this size - approx. 8.5
>feet, 80-90 liters? I am 6'2", 150 pounds so I think the Edge would be larger
>than what I am looking for. I am looking for a slalom/bump and jump for 4.0-
>5.0 conditions with maybe a stretch into the 3's. Because I have been dealing
>with the bouncy Adagio for so long as my slalom board I would really like a
>smooth ride.

>Jeff - Using my company's internet access for personal buisness but they don't
>care.

Jeff,
Where on Hatteras did you sail from?  I am looking for info on launch sites (ocean
or sound) for upcoming trip. Since the winds on Hatteras seem to be SW or NE mostly
I would appreciate best sites for these or other directions.

Thanks
Jack

 
 
 

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Post by DataSe » Thu, 02 Jun 1994 00:05:57

We usually sail a site called Electric Hole. This is a sound side launch.
It is just north of the Windsurfing Hatteras shop. This site is good in most
wind directions. SW to N are best. We sail this site because it provides good
access to the Reef. Simply sail straight out for about 3 miles and you are
there. You will no you are getting close when the water gets really flat.
After that will be a large area with waves that can range from 2 - 8 feet,
depending on recent weather conditions. Yes, this is the sound. The reef is
a blast to sail and if you get tired you can simply go rest in the flats
where it is only about 18 inches deep. It is a good idea to sail out there
with someone since equipment failure 3 miles out can be a pain. This site
also has good sailing in close to the launch. When the tide is out it can be
a little shallow for about 100 yards. The name: electric for the electric
tower at the turn off, hole for the over your head channel 15 yards off shore,
10 yards wide. To get there go just north of Windsurfing Hatteras in Avon
and turn left at the big electric tower. This is a sand road but you do not
need 4 wheel drive. Just watch for and stay out of the soft stuff.

Windsurfing Hatteras has there own launch right behind there shop that will
have the same conditions as electric hole since they are only a few hundred
yards apart.

Canadian Hole (for all the canadians who sail there and, once again a deep
hole) is about 8 miles south of Windsurfing Hatteras. Look for the huge,
often packed parking lot on the sound in the middle of nowhere. This is the
most popular site and that is why I don't sail there. I don't like crowds and
find them dangerous to sail in. I have heard that the shallow spots are
starting to become more numerous and more of a problem. Watch your fin!

Directly accross from Canadian Hole is Ego Beach - a good ocean launch but
only in a NE. Can get a *** shore break and the current is usually pretty
strong. The Lighthouse launch has less shore break and less current. Good for
NE to SW. NW is dead off shore. SW better be strong and steady.

Another good sight further north on the sound is Emily's Resturaunt. This is
in Salvo about 15 miles north of Avon. Emily's is probably the best pure
slalom site. It is waist deep immediately and stays that way far off shore.
It isn't crowded and has plenty of parking. Not as good an access to the reef
though. Just look for Emily's Resturaunt on the sound side in Slave.

When you get down there look for a publication called Outter Banks Windsurfing. Most shops still have both last years and this years in stock. Last years has
a summary of almost every sailing site on the outer banks.

I tried to e-mail this to you but it bounced back.
Hope this helps.
Jeff