Windsight or Call of the Wind?

Windsight or Call of the Wind?

Post by ADoul » Tue, 05 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Hello everyone,

I'm tired of wasting my time going to a dead beach and want to try a wind
information service.

Could each of you reading this thread please tell me the PROS and CONS as
well as your personal experiences with Windsight and/or Call of the WInd?
I'd like some advice before I hand over my cash. Heck, even if you have a
better idea, I'd love to hear it! Perhaps you think they are both a waste
of time? I'll take that vote also.

The new year is around the corner, and so is the start of the next season!
I want to be ready.

Thanks in advance to all respondants.

Alex.

 
 
 

Windsight or Call of the Wind?

Post by Bob Galv » Tue, 05 Dec 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hello everyone,

>I'm tired of wasting my time going to a dead beach and want to try a wind
>information service.

>Could each of you reading this thread please tell me the PROS and CONS as
>well as your personal experiences with Windsight and/or Call of the WInd?
>I'd like some advice before I hand over my cash. Heck, even if you have a
>better idea, I'd love to hear it! Perhaps you think they are both a waste
>of time? I'll take that vote also.

They're both good. They're different. It a matter of style.

Windsight:

You only pay when you use it.
Offers synopsis, predictions, and "best bet" for today.
You gotta make the call(s).

Call of The Wind:

It calls you, you're always informed, (that's both pro AND con)
You pay a flat rate (also cuts both ways)
No phone needed.
No predictions.

 
 
 

Windsight or Call of the Wind?

Post by Michael Lassne » Wed, 06 Dec 1995 04:00:00

for the Bay area:

Windsight seemed to give an excellent prediction for the coast last
spring.  Since this is a 2 1/2 hour drive for me, and the wind is
not oftern up yet when you have to decide whether to go--its well
worth the investment. Their summer delta predictions were pretty
goofy--usually not worth the phone call to get a prediction.  
Windsight is pretty expensive if you use it a lot (especially the
forecasts-you can get on and off pretty quickly for a windspeed
report).  The Sherman Island windsight sensor was out a fair amount
of the time last summer, and you don't find out until after you make
(and pay for) the call. I don't have a pager, but called the call of
the wind # for Sherman Island a lot last year.  It seemed to be
about as accurate as Windsight.  Both windsight and call of the wind
gave higher wind speeds than the Windcraft windtalker.  Usually if
the Windcraft windtalker said it was sailable it was.  You
definitely wanted 21mph + (average) before heading to the delta if
you listened to the Call of the Wind or the Windsight numbers.

 
 
 

Windsight or Call of the Wind?

Post by Mark Suckli » Thu, 07 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hello everyone,

>I'm tired of wasting my time going to a dead beach and want to try a wind
>information service.

>Could each of you reading this thread please tell me the PROS and CONS as
>well as your personal experiences with Windsight and/or Call of the WInd?

Does anyone  have contact details for these services?
I would be interested in finding out more details on the types of services
 they provide.

Thanks in advance.

Mark

 
 
 

Windsight or Call of the Wind?

Post by Jay Usal » Fri, 08 Dec 1995 04:00:00

Quote:


> >Hello everyone,

> >I'm tired of wasting my time going to a dead beach and want to try a wind
> >information service.

> >Could each of you reading this thread please tell me the PROS and CONS as
> >well as your personal experiences with Windsight and/or Call of the WInd?

> Does anyone  have contact details for these services?
> I would be interested in finding out more details on the types of services
>  they provide.

> Thanks in advance.

> Mark

Mark,

I've looked into both of these services and am going to get a pager service
from one of them come spring.  I'm not sure where you live, but I believe the
paging service is only offered in CA, but I've been told that it will be
available in the Gorge by summer.

Both of the paging services work about the same, paging you at regular
intervals once the wind reaches a certain speed. They also give wind
direction, temperatures, etc.  Call of the Wind is available now and
Windsight will be up in March.  They cost about the same (the pager for
Windsight is supposed to be a little less expensive than Call of the Wind)
but I think the monthly service is supposed to be about the same (around
$21).  They also include a regular paging number as well.

I'm leaning towards Windsight right now because they tell me that the
readouts will be in plain English (Call of the wind gives wind direction in
degrees while Windsight is supposed to say "Southwest at 15").  Also,
Windisght is going post messages on the beeper as people call in from various
sights to relay the conditions such as fog or if the wind appears to be
changing.

The number for Call of the Wind is 1-800-WINDCALL and they also have a web
site at http://www.windcall.com (there's tons of info on the site).

The number for Windsight (they call their paging service Smart Pager) is
1-800-685-9463.

FYI if you live in the S.F. Bay area there was an article in the Outdoors
section of the Chronicle last week (Thursday or Friday)

Jay