On a cold grey late October day full of household chores to accomplish. I was surprised to see the sun come out and raise the temperature up to 52 degrees. With a stiff northwest wind blowing it was time to head over to Blue Lagoon. Once there I found Harry 6.5 and Steve 6.0 sailing.
Rigged the 5.5 with the 100 liter board and was on the water by 3:00 sailed non-stop to 4:30.
Fun session but difficult on hands with all the coldness surrounding them
Sail Time: 1.5 hours from 3:00 - 4:30
Gear: 5.0 with mostly the 100 liter board
Conditions: Blue Lagoon with mostly onshore winds to 25
Formally know as the once a year launch, this year has been different with a lot of warm southerly winds and good timing with the work schedule. South winds that funnel up the river and intensify creating some great river sailing. Other launch sites today were to lite for windsurfing so Marysville is the natural call.
Another beauty of a day 70+ degrees bluebird sky and decent 5.0 conditions with south winds up to 30.
With S winds to 10-30 I rigged the 5.0 with the 100 liter RRD and 85 liter JP and was on the water by 2:30.
Mostly planing conditions with a jibe clinic on the launch side flat water and some decent swell to play on in the middle.
Eight of the local crew showed up, Ric, Mike, Keith, Craig, Millard, Gerry, John and myself.
Sail sizes ranged from 5.0 to 6.5 for the big boys.
Sail Time: 3.5 hours from 2:30 - 6:00
Gear: 5.0 with mostly the 100 liter and some use of the 85 liter board
Conditions: St Clair River sailing at it's best 3-4 swell at peak with ripple flat on insides.
Weather: Air 70s water 50s. Wind: South winds maximum of 10-30+
Early morning session at MB - the van was still loaded with wet gear from MV 16 hours ago.
Checked the forecast and local conditions all look positive for an early morning session at MB. Radar showed rain heading to the area so had to get going before the rain. Hopped in the van and headed out at 8:30, no breakfast just a couple of cups of coffee to get me going.
Sent out a message that I was headed out and needed someone to join in the fun.
Got to the launch site and knew what to rig immediately, with the WT reporting a steady 23 from the SSE, I rigged the 5.0 with 85 liter.
Perfect call - on the water by 9:30 with steady winds and super flat easy to sail conditions. Sliced through the weed beds like they were not even there.
As time went on the rain came and winds increased and changed directions from SSE to SSW. Sometimes way overpowered - a 39 mpg gust reported by the WT but most of the time perfect 5.0.
Finally wind slacked off slightly so I came in to take a break. Harry showed up a we discussed the conditions, he went home to get his gear. I went back out to finished up my session with rain and strong SSW winds. Sailed another 45 minutes before it started to slack off. Came in and Keith was rigging his new.. 6.5.
I derigged in the rain and headed home to shower up and go to work. A great way to start the day!
Hope every one else had as good of day as I had. I heard the sun came out later in the day with good winds reported.
Sail Time: 2 hours from 9:30 - 12:00
Gear: 5.0 with 85 liter board
Conditions: Fairly flat conditions, rain and south winds from 20 -39 mph.
Weather: Air 60s water 50s. Cloudy and rain Wind: South winds maximum of 20-39 mph
Schooled: Speed sailing in flat water with speed ripples and easy hero power jibing at the ends of the speed runs.