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Commodore's Notes: Packery Channel - From Another Perspective
Finally, a political issue of merit that I can support. I want an accessible jetty for gulfside wave sailing! I'll be the first to admit that the Packery Channel is going to remain controversial for some time to come. However, the peripheral issues of increased tourism, additional tax revenues, and more golf courses for the masses don't have the direct impact on sailing that the jetty's that channel the Packery's flow would have for me. For those of you that don't sail in the Gulf, please follow my logic. I have sailed the Atlantic as well as the Pacific and the best surf sailing is to be found near a point break. For those of you who have sailed Florida's coast as well as Texas' you no doubt realize that the nature of our shoreline deprives us of "natural" point breaks. The protection that the south jetty of Port Aransas gives us during a North wind is what brings wave sailors to the coast. However, as the north jetty is located on the inaccessible shore of St. Joe Island, we don't have the same conditions for the summer's southerly winds. This is why so many dedicated wave sailors pass Corpus Christi and head for
South Padre. South Padre has the reputation as the finest Gulf wave sailing site in Texas. The conditions created by the North Jetty down there give rise to outstanding wave sailing. If you haven't enjoyed the pleasure of sailing the gulf because launch conditions appear too dramatic, then envision a spot, protected from the stiff sideshore currents, with waves that build in intensity as you move further out into the Gulf, that affords equal protection to beginners as well as the more experienced sailors and you have the conditions created by the jetty in South Padre. I want those conditions for Corpus Christi! Many locals who sail off the Bob Hall pier can tell you of the interest in our sport that the dramatic sight of wavesailing draws. The lack of a jetty is what makes the Bob Hall launch so intimidating. Yet those of us who do sail the Gulf know that the great conditions that exist out there will be more easily experienced by all if we succeed in getting the new inlet built. However, summer wave sailing will remain a domain of the more experienced until we have the protection and accessible launch provided by the jetties that will channel the Packery's flow. So, I ask you to support my personal needs and go out and vote for the Packery Channel. Chip
Ed’s Note: The above thoughts are not to be construed as an official position of the CCWA. While its a unique perspective, it doesn’t drown out the 60’s tune that keeps running through my head (‘They tore down Paradise to put up a parking lot’). Please Vote on 04/07.
PFD Bill in the legislative hopper
by Roy Tansill
Several folks contacted the errant author with logical rebuttals to his folly including CCWA member Guy Racette. Phone conversations with C. Alexander’s staff informed us that the bill had already been altered to cover only motor powered craft. This proposed bill generated a flood of e-mails throughout the Texas windsurfing community and all that response was all initiated by the USWA and the attention they maintain on local legislation all over the country. Without USWA vigilance, this bill might have slipped through and become law- once on the books overturning it would take years and meanwhile we all would be getting ticketed for disobeying it. On 03/26 I received an e-mail from Mr. Alexander stating the Bill has indeed been amended to refer only to motor powered craft. Look for Jet ski lighting kits to soon appear at the local Marine stores.
Editor's Final Puffs ? by
Dear, like, Club
by CCWA’s Pro Consultant: Biff
Yes, totally sailable places now have become
death traps due to the 54-58-66-70+ cm. Phin Phenomenon.
HOW IT'S DONE:
I find it helps to stick my tongue out as soon
as I begin to feel/hear the tip scratching bottom. That done, make
sure you're hooked in securely. Then give the sail a pump or two
and really sit down HARD in the harness. Try to bunch up your toes,
too, so when the fin grounds firmly, you'll begin by tearing out both footstraps.
The universal joint should stretch forward making a "Ging-ging-BOOOOIIIIIING
sound, and its patented lever-action will pull your harness really hard
into Wedgie position. At that point, make it your steadfast commitment
not to let go of the boom no matter what. As you fly up and
over the nose of the board, be sure to check that you're still hooked in.
Then throw all your weight into the boom as it lands on the nose of the
board, breaking it off cleanly and crushing it into the shallow bottom.
If all goes well, your mast should at this point announce its failure
to everyone on the beach with a resounding rifle-like CRRraaAAAACK!!
Don't ask me how I know... Biff CC-BB
Call Kyle Krebs 361-985-1555
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Wanna a Broken Nose?
by Roy Tansill
Since Arleen donated the noodle, my entire cost was the price of a bottle of contact cement and about 45 minutes of labor. That’s a vast improvement over the cost of board repairs. The long pad protects the entire nose area from both the boom’s front end hits and from boom arm hits further back from the nose. I haven‘t repeated my ‘hammer test’ on the board itself but I think it would protect the board just as well as it protected my work bench in the original test. Bottom line: a soft thud is far better than a resounding CR-RUunch.
The cartoons are on the cartoons
Jan., Feb., & Mar. '01
|by Chip Biery
I really wanted to get in one really good wave sailing day this last month.
It would be nice if Mother Nature had cooperated with me. Instead of the northerly winds that I wished for, She sent me westerlies. However, that in itself isn't all bad. A west wind will build the largest swells in the bay. March 3, was an epic day for bayside sailing. For those of you that missed it, let me recount the day's events. A large group of sailors gathered at Poenisch for the day. It was a pleasantly warm and sunny day that promised much sailing for those who rigged. The winds and swell continued to build as the day progressed. Ultimately, the swell generated by the wind reached shoulder high and greater. A full cast of characters were on hand and parking was at a premium. That cast included Dave Sproul, Phillip Keyserlink , Kyle Krebs, Pete Meyer, David Musgrove, and others. However, the sailor attempting the most aerial moves was David Hayne. David is an avid sailor and often found sailing the Bay as well as the Gulf. That day, he was attempting loops, and barrel roles. He managed to land a few and crash some others. The missed attempts were real crowd pleasers and the kind of crashes that send David in to buy new equipment. Most of the sailors were on mid 5's with yours truly (last to rig) using a 6.0. So, the day was a sailing success. We sailed, we played, we talked and we went home to wait for the next session. Sure was fun!
|WHATABURGER 2001 THE SERIES|
#2 - April 21 @ Cole Park
Race #3 - April 22 @ Bird Island
Race #4 - May 19 @ Cole Park
...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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