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Commodore's Notes: The Commodore’s New Suit
As I’m writing this, the first really cold front of the season has hit. I sailed yesterday at Port Aransas in a shorty. I hope that I won’t have to buy that new full suit but without one, I’m sitting here writing instead of sailing the bay. How many of you will make it out in these conditions? Tuesday’s session was well attended as most of the locals showed up. Phil K. was the late and took advantage of the reports from the wind dummy, myself. He rigged bigger and had a great session in the surf. Matt K. arrived and spent the first moments chasing his dog, JoJo around the beach. Seems Jojo likes to play in the path of the passing Motorhomes. In fact quite a crowd showed up as many were surprised by the arrival of the cold front. The accurate and dependable Weather Channel completely missed the forecast. It was a pleasant surprise for those of us that made the trip.
At the last meeting we discussed some ideas for an event agenda for the upcoming summer season. I have been inspired by a recent article in Windsurfing; the one that highlighted the sailing opportunities at South Padre. I think its time to showcase some of the other sailing opportunities that the Corpus Christi Bay has to offer. I was considering the idea of a series of dates when we would meet and sail at some different launches. It would be nice if we could rendezvous at a variety of locations. We could sail, have some fun events; Hero jibes, Best Crash, Reach to the Mark and Back, etc. After that we could have beach party; and sponsor a beach clean up at each site. I have spoken with a couple of potential sponsors and they would support ideas such as this. What we need are some volunteers to promote their favorite launch and undertake to coordinate their particular event. In this fashion, we could each do something to promote the variety of sailing spots around the bay. I’m in for the Fish Pass session. I drove the new road into the bayside of the pass yesterday. In fact they have improved the road. What spot would you like to proclaim your particular favorite? It’s time to step up and play a part in the organization.
It’s also time for our annual Holiday Party. This year it will be at the commodore’s house. My house, not Chester’s. Although I have heard that he will be there. It’s also a great time to renew your membership. Your dues are very important to the club. Without them there would be no newsletter, and no insurance for our events. The CCWA needs your support. It’s time to elect new officers. It’s time to plan an agenda for next year. We are all open to other ideas, so bring a Friend, bring a Dish, and bring your Ideas to the table for a fun evening. I’m hoping to hear some great sailing stories!
WHAT?! SAIL A FORMULA COMPETITION
ON A COURSE DIFFERENT FROM OUR SACRED UP/DOWN FORMAT?? HERESY!
ANARCHIST!! SSSTONE HIM!!! :)
Editor's Puffs: by
Sightings Prestone Tip:
Ed’s Note: Barry is Barry Ritchie, one of our New Mexico based
members. I keep telling him to get his priorities straight and follow
the basic tenant all of us locals subscribe to:
British Project to Shatter Wind
Powered World Speed Records Land, Ice & Water
Queen Isabella Causeway Special
Its Time to Pay Your Dues!
Sep., Oct., & Nov. '01
|DATELINE: ALMOST DECEMBER 2001
Y’all know the tune so everybody sing along now: “ On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two harness lines and a downhaul pul-ly for my five three... You just don’t know how lucky you are - It could have been much worse. My original plan was to do all Twelve Days and be done with the monthly column.
Tis the season to be jolly, and to get all sappy and thank everybody for a great year. You know, mention a bunch of names and say: “We couldn’t have done it without you, We Luv Ya Man!”, and all that. Yes, we could have done that and would have been quite sincere. The simple truth is - we couldn’t have done it without you. So, now that we have that out of the way, each and every one of you boardheads have a great holiday season! Spring at Bird is right around the corner…Let’s rock!
Santa paid an early visit to Bird: I don’t know how many have noticed the brand new “No Boats” buoy that is bobbing around in the inside channel between the boat ramp and the windsurf area. I suspect that the elves who installed it were wearing standard issue park green. Mucho thanks. I just hope the boaters notice. We continue to have some close calls, including a recent incident where the boat turned around for a second pass - apparently for no other reason than to add a few gestures and words. Having said that, the vast majority of boaters continue to be friendly, helpful, and considerate. There will always be a few out there who will exhibit jerk behavior if given half a chance. Kind of like windsurfers, I guess. I do think it is a bit ironic that if a windsurfer cuts off another windsurfer, that’s OK. But if a boater does it …
Was that supposed to be funny Dept: Evidently, some folks didn’t think so and may have taken my formula board comments in last month’s newsletter a bit too seriously. Sorry about that gang, I was just kidding. First of all, (and I am being serious now) we are excited about our new F2 rental fleet for the 2002 season. The board mix will include Max 2 Airs at 88 to 115 liters, Wizards (replaces the Ride) at 100 to 130 liters, Powerglides at140-160 liters and the 320 Phoenix w/centerboard at 188 liters. The Powerglides are wide style design but there’s not a true formula board in the quiver. We did try very hard to bring in some formula boards but the Department of Transportation would not approve our request for a “wide load/oversize”-trucking permit… Oops, I think I did it again.
See everybody at the Holiday Party! Don John & Matt
|CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor|
OK, this isn’t about all terrain vehicles, but it does concern a very versatile category of boards that deserves the all terrain label. When I moved here a few years ago, I found myself looking for a light wind “bay board”. My small wave board worked in the high winds, but in light to moderate conditions, the course slalom board I used just didn’t satisfy. It had lots of speed, which provided a bone jarring ride going out, yet wouldn’t slow down enough to really play on the swell coming back. So the quest for a new board started. Read the magazines. Read the reviews. Searched the Internet. Finally I made my choice, called Oliver, and said order this puppy.
That was about 200 “sailing days” ago. In the meantime, I sold all my other stuff. That's right, I’m now down to 1 board and 4 sails. This combo gets my 160 lbs. planing in conditions ranging from 15 to 30 plus. It handles big Bay days, slicing and dicing the swell, yet can smoke through a planing jibe in the Laguna. So what is this magical board category? FREESTYLE. Yeah, I know this brings to mind weird contortions called Wooly Spooks or something, and no, I don’t do those things. But it’s the board’s quick planing and maneuverability that allows experts to do those tricks, and those same qualities make me a very happy sailor. So if you’re willing to slow down and shift into 4-wheel drive, try one of these freestyle boards and get ready to have lots of fun. I do. Tom Seymour CCWA member from Portland
And from the Rec.windsurfing news
Hey, why not? But for a more traditional method that is not quite as extreme as drooping both hands from the boom, try only grabbing the mast and keeping your back hand on the boom. That way you'll keep your weight over the board in a way that is very stable and quite natural even in chop. The weight of the rig when tipped to leeward actually helps you haul your self up. It works great. Dan
Stop at "From this position” it's easy to go to sitting position where you still hold the sail upright but sit with your butt on the board, both feet in the water" and then take it to: Now rotate on your butt to face the front of the board, swing your feet onto the front of the board so they're out of the water, and sail straight downwind if that's where you want to be ... or just because it's fun and different. On a sinker, it's less effort than slogging; on a big floater it's at least something different from the usual slogging technique. I often sail way upwind in lakes or in the Gorge ... sometimes miles ... and of course one can never trust the wind completely whether on floaters and 6.0s or sinkers and 3.0s. Many times I've been upwind (deliberately in weak current or accidentally in strong current) when the wind dropped off and stayed there, so I just use your approach, add mine, and sail downwind for thousands of yards on my butt. You can often surf swell in the process, popping onto a plane now and then. I've done it many times on boards from 7-6 to 8-6 with at least 80% success rate, and even the other 20% simply meant I occasionally fell off to one side and had to restart- a piece of cake with your technique. Another great aspect of it is that if the wind picks up, the sail pulls you right up into a standing plane effortlessly as you swing into a broad, standing, planing reach from a downind, seated slog. Then when the next lull hits, you can just sink to a seated position again and resume running before the wind. Takes a LOT of the effort out of going downwind in marginal or downright weak wind, and is fun in its own right. Mike
|WHATABURGER 2001 THE SERIES|
|See you next season.|
|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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