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Commodore's Notes: Break Out The Shorty, Summerís Over
Well, the Autumn Sailing season is in full swing. October provided us with some great northerly winds. I enjoyed a few mornings out at Port Aransas sailing in the surf. The crowd of regulars was well represented and it was fun to share the morning with the other lucky sailors. Lucky means; having the ability to drop everything and get to Port A as early as possible. Local sailing lore says sailing the morning after a cold front passes is the best time. Those of you who sail the bay found that Poenisch Park does indeed have some of the best conditions. The wind builds some great ramps and the swell blows down the length of the bay. Poenisch is a great place to watch the sailing. The action takes place close to shore so donít forget your chair.
Rose and John Williams sponsored the annual sailing session at their home. Those of you that missed the Aransas Triangle event missed out on one of the best dinners weíve had this year. Special thanks to Rose Williams for her hospitality. We had a chance to welcome a new family to the club. Hans and Annie Anderson brought their two children, some sailing gear and a great attitude out the Aransas Pass to spend the day with us. Jonathan Bright had the right stuff and consistently sailed the fastest. Not to be outdone, Dick Ward doggedly chased him around the bay. What a great sailing site the Williams have in their backyard. It was a perfect way to end the first month of autumn.
I spent last weekend out on the Laguna. Bird Island was the place to be on Saturday and Sunday. November delivered a perfect weekend to those that made it out to the national seashore. I passed through the basin on a fishing expedition early Saturday. My guests in the boat were really impressed with the multitude of windsurfers cruising past. We motored through the pack and were entertained by numerous speed freaks desperate for the chance to show off for the boating crowd. The next day, Sunday, I took my catamaran out to Bird and gave my guests rides as I chased windsurfers across the area. What impressed me the most was the variety of people that have started arriving in the area for the winter season. The place was packed with sailors. Most of the folks are here on vacation. This influx of Winter Sailors may be heralding an epic Cold Weather season ahead.
But then, how cold does it really get in South Texas? Will I finally break down and purchase a 3/2 full suit? Not if I donít have to! See you on the water. Chip
Greetings: Last time we spoke
of Thumps and Boings by Guy Racette
Editor's Puffs: by
by someone else
2001 Aransas Triangle
by Roy Tansill
Aug., Sep., & Oct. '01
| Just got our Neil Pryde semi-drysuits back
from the semi-dry cleaners, insulated all the water pipes out at the Worldwinds
Command and Control Executive Office Container, changed the spark plug
in the snow blower, and unpacked the brand new F2 188 formula boards.
These new 150 cm wide ďIcebreakerĒ models are amazing. A tad bit
of mast base pressure applies about 100,000 ft/lbs to the Kevlar/titanium
reinforced nose and they can effortlessly break through 2 feet of ice while
planing in 6 knots of wind. For the first time in recent memory,
we will be able to keep the sea-lanes open all the way down to Brownsville.
We are ready.
So where is winter? The wimpy cold front we got yesterday hardly counts. Daytime temperatures plunged to the mid- eighties and the water was not far behind. By noon everyone had peeled off the shorties and plastered on the sunscreen. It was just another sunny summer day at the beach with lots of sails on the water.
The RV windsurfing gang has returned. I mentioned them in a newsletter last spring and their presence here should really be no cause for alarm. Unless provoked, they are usually pretty docile - kind of like our killer bee swarm on Labor Day. Bill Horton is looking quite dapper in his straw fez, the weekend crowd continues to arrive - you guessed it, every weekend, fall vacation travelers are getting cheapo air fares and planning last minute trips, and the North Texas Windriders will be here this month along with ďThe DogĒ frying up turkeys on Thanksgiving. DARN THE TORPEDOES, we are all doing our patriotic duty and will milk this weather for as long as we can. If you are one of the unlucky few who mis-calculated that the sailing season is over, it is not too late to change your ways. Come on down to Bird, bring your sunscreen, and join the crowd.
SPEAKING OF WIDE BOARDS, WORLDWINDS WILL LEAD THE INDUSTRY: Thatís right folks; Worldwinds plans to be on the leading edge of the wide board revolution. This winter we will be constructing ďMarina Muy GordoĒ, the first full-service wide board marina that our contractor assures us will be completed by the 2002 season. There will be slips for up to 100 formula boards with the slip fee being determined by width. Liveaboards will be charged a nominal additional charge for water and electricity. Our haul out facility will have a travel lift capable of lifting up to 300cm wide, and the full service yard will do professional maintenance including bottom jobs and canvas work. To accommodate anticipated fin lengths, a channel with a 9-foot operating depth will be maintained from the marina turning basin out to the Intracoastal Waterway. Marina Muy Gordo will be the first and only wide board marina in South Texas with Gulf of Mexico access. The only obstacle is the JFK causeway bridge, with itís overhead clearance of 65 feet. I have been assured that the new sails will easily clear this height, except in very light conditions.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that we are also selling time-shares in the project, so if any of you out there are interestedÖ
NOVEMBER SCHEDULE: CLOSED MONDAY/OTHER DAYS OPEN 11AM-5PM
CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING DAY
END OF SEASON SPECIALS:
|WHATABURGER 2001 THE SERIES|
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