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Commodore's Notes: Estamos Palando la Arena en Los Barrilles.
So, Diane and I found ourselves at the beach in Los Barrilles, which is about 50 miles North of Cabo San Lucas. We bought the tickets, packed the gear, and headed south to sail the "El Norte" winds of Baja California. We had a great vacation; we fished, we traveled, we even sailed, twice! Diane did the Corpus Christi women sailors proud. She rigged a 6.7 and rode a borrowed board in the clear blue waters and head high swells. Those of you who know Di realize that this was something she wouldn't do in Corpus Christi. I can never get her to sail if she has to use a 6.0. But we were determined to justify our time and vacation dollars, so sail she did. I, on the other hand, was content to spend the day at my host's home, helping his hired hand, Felipe, build a corral for their horse. Determined to make the most of my trip, I grabbed an English-Spanish dictionary and decided to immerse myself in the vernacular of Corral Construction. Hence the title of my article, which translates as "Shoveling the sand in Los Barrilles". This was one of the high points of my vacation. The other being a chance to sail one really windy day with the Locals at their favorite spot, Playa Norte and having a great day sailing with my buddy, Rob Gudor. Rob and I took up windsurfing in San Francisco back in the early 1980's. We bought the boards and taught ourselves the sport. Over the years, we have visited each other and sailed many times. He's even made the pilgrimage to Corpus Christi on more than one occasion. Which speaks highly of our local sailing scene as he also has a place in Hood River and Aruba. It was great to spend time at his new home in Baja. I even enjoyed the workout; shoveling the sand into the corral.
Which brings me back to why I started this story. I've made more than a few friends in this sport. Thanks to windsurfing I've visited many parts of this nation that I might not otherwise have ventured to explore. I even found myself at a wedding, acting as Best Man in a room full of Brits as the result of a chance encounter while sailing one day. We've accumulated a few stamps on our passports in our search for wind. The people we've met have become friends for life. This is one facet of our windsurfing experience that all of us who sail should cherish and promote.
Those of you who made last months meeting at Paradise Pool and Billiards (Thanks to Harrison Todd for having us!) helped welcome a new member, Ron Hayden, to the club. I spent the last year teaching him what little I knew, and then encouraged him to join. He's now teaching his son , Matt, how to sail. Now we're dreaming of a trip to Hawaii together. I know we will get there and maybe, just maybe, there will be wind. So, here lies the future success of our club. Get someone into sailing! Make a friend and change their life! Windsurfing has paid dividends in friends and memories that are priceless. Let's work to share our enthusiasm and bring some new blood into the fold. By the way, I sailed the day after I returned from Mexico. It's like Dorothy said, "There's no place like home." Chip
Whacko Windsurfer Takes Out A Pro
Editor's Puffs: by
2001 CCWA Event Schedule (*Revised
iWindsurf Wind Sensor Installations
by David Morris
Nov., Dec., & Jan. '00-'01
|by John Vanleeuwen
First, allow me to apologize for the absence of our Birds Eye View column from the past couple of newsletters. Randy, still overwhelmed with his new and challenging job in San Antonio, and Don finally moving his family into their new home here on the island, have been quite busy lately. In the interim, I will do my best to fill in. But rest assured, they will be back very soon once the dust has settled.
Okay, here we go. Still considering myself a newcomer to this area, I generally look to locals for answers to many questions.. Such as; " Why is it so cold? Where is the sun?" Well the common answer has been an honest one - "I don't know!" This has been the coldest winter on record. Great, just my luck! On the positive side, I have been given many inspiring reports of what's to come: warmer temps, warmer water, sun, and the main ingredient - WIND! Now January has seen several windy days and many times I 've counted 8-10 hardcore sailors ripping it up, toasty in wetsuits and having fun. Well, on the Worldwinds front, Don and I are joining the pack. The purchase of 2 new semi-dry suits and the best coldwater booties on the market has left us with no excuses.. We'll see you on the water!
This slower time of the year has allowed for the development of our tentative spring agenda, which is now posted in this newsletter and on our website. We are very excited with having 3 Whataburger series races held at Bird. They are guaranteed our full support. Craig Greenslit and I have talked at length about conducting a mini race clinic held prior to 1, or possibly 2 of the races. The focus of these clinics will be on jibing and upwind sailing. Our hope is that if we can improve some of these skills for recreational sailors, more folks will be enticed to be involved in the racing scene. In addition to race clinics, there will be 3 free sessions aimed at bringing beginners to the sport, and an additional 2 sessions focusing specifically on kids. Please stay tuned for upcoming times and event content.
As you can see from the agenda, I take instruction very seriously at all levels. With this many teaching events ahead, I have assembled a small but dynamic team of instructors that all share the same passion of advancing sailors to new heights. After 5 months of being here, and feeling very much at home, I am still convinced that Bird Island is the perfect windsurfing site. I hope that it stays just that way.
Worldwinds’ Schedule of Events for
Apr 1 Speed Trials
May 5, 6 South Padre Blowout
June 2 Free Kids Intro
|CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor|
|From the e-mailbox:
I appreciate your willingness to help spread the word about iWindsurf. We have the beginnings of our Texas sensor network up and running right now. You can see our Texas map here:
We have just launched Texas on our website and will quickly be adding more sensor reports on iW. Right now there are just the first couple reporting.
As you can see, we are looking for help to install sensors at key TX coast and Dallas windsurf areas. If you want to give us a hand, you could mention in the CCWA newsletter that iW is now covering Texas and that anyone able to give us a hand in terms of installing sensors can contact us at (800) 765-Gale (800-765-4253).
|WHATABURGER 2001 THE SERIES|
|Race #1 - March 24 @ Bird Island Basin...Be there and help out.|
|Volunteers Wanted: The club sponsored events, both races and fun events, need people to help out on and before the events. This is particularly true for the US Open. One year, the CCWA was a sponsor and had a booth at the Open; but we didn't have sufficient help to man the booth throughout the event. We don't want that to happen again! Similarly, other events suffered because of a lack of help. How about volunteering your help this year? Just phone an event coordinator and offer some help.|
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