Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
One more time an opportunity to trade, buy or sell equipment. We will start at 10am until around 1pm, please keep roads clear and be nice to the cops and the sea grasses. No commercial vehicles or large trailers permitted. Adjacent to Sailboards Miami's site.
More information coming up, save the date!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
August 31, 2011
Joe Rocco, "the Mayor of Heckscher" died windsurfing Hurricane Irene on Sunday. To meet Joe once was to have a great new windsurfing friend, generous with information, stoke, spirit, you name it. The new article inNewsday begins "Joseph Rocco, the only Long Islander to die as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, was a friend and mentor to many in the local windsurfing scene, said those who knew him." And he could sail! So what happened? In the Yahoo Long Island Windsurfing bulletin board, his very dear girlfriend Marianne tells this story:
They drove to Shirley and found one windsurfer already there (James), sailing a 4.1 on a 78 liter board. They took wind readings of 20-28 mph. Joe rigged a 3.7 for his Dill, and Marianne rigged a 3.2. Joe launched to take a few runs “to see if it was too much for me to handle.” Marianne took another wind reading, and got 45-50. James came back in as the winds were now too much for him, and Marianne decided not to launch.
Visibility was limited. A nearby spectator with a telephoto lens on his camera said it looked like Joe was separated from his rig and was following it to shore. Marianne and James tried walking along the shore to meet Joe where they thought he’d come in, but the beach was mostly gone or covered with debris so they walked down the road. The police and EMT’s showed up, went out with James to look for Joe, and told Marianne to meet them at Brookhaven Hospital.
Neither the EMT’s nor the hospital was able to resuscitate him. Marianne said Joe’s head “was very badly banged up, nose probably broken, bruising around his entire upper face. Something had obviously hit his head very badly and he hopefully didn’t even know what hit him. “
Joe was a skilled windsurfer. My guess is that he hit a piece of debris floating just beneath the surface, and was catapulted badly into something large and hard in the water. Floating debris is the hazard we usually don’t think about when storm sailing. I know I wasn’t looking for it at Mecox during my session, even though I remember things floating around out there after storms in the past.
Like Rich Simons said in the Yahoo group, this could have happened to any of us.
(photo of Joe on a better day courtesy Bill Doutney)
Friday, August 19, 2011
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
- Start from Ovid's place
- Check your lines, mast track, etc.
- Shoot upwind to Bear cut (close to channel marker). (10 min run)
- One man leads the run.
- Set a time, to make it to the first mark.(if you cant make it to the first mark on time, we take it as non-participant)
- Keep a distance between sailors (15 feet) and don't over take your partners wind.
- Straight down wind (10 min run)
- Back upwind starboard side (10 min run)
- Repeat route
Of course this is all wind direction dependent, but on the ground prior to rigging we can take 5 min to plan out the course. After a few sessions, we would get the course and wind correlated in harmony. The whole idea is to run a triangular course, the course should be isometric. One person leads at each tack, then switch over to the next leader, everyone in the group gets a chance to lead. Very important: We wait on your sailing partners at all times. One sailor should carry an phone for emergency purposes. The key is to become more proficient with the basic skills (Early Plane, Speed, Gibes, Tacks, Fin cleaning). The competitive attitude should wait until the fun race events (Wednesday and Sunday), but during practice runs the attitude should be just for fun. I think this approach would benefit everyone, and we are able to reach more ground, water time, stamina and most important experience with proper group planning. Eventually, we can build enough stamina and proficiency to explore the entire bay as a group and even venture out to Stiltsville and beyond. Just my 2 cents.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
(the one to the right), so here it goes, for sale:
Naish Pro Slalom 105, B+, 229cm X 65cm X 105L, 38cm fin, $299 OBO
Hawaii Proline Boom, 160-210 Alum, B+,$129 OBO
North Silver Boom, 180-230 Alum,B+,$129 OBO
For more details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 16, 2011
For anyone who hasn't seen the new signs at Hobie beach and soon coming up on Windsurfer beach. Kiteboarding as well as other activities have been banned from the causeway.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
location - causeway, starting marker - last beach buoy near the bridge, and using the channel marker by
the sandbar as a second buoy, will use it as a upwind or downwind marker depending on the wind direction, one or 2 laps. First try, this coming Sunday - see you at the beach!
Let me know who's in
Thursday, April 28, 2011
First, organizers do spend money on the event (boat/gas/logistics/etc/ and a grill/food/beer),
by launching from the causeway we are not paying $10 they want us to donate per each race.
Second, race starts close to 7 p.m. just as the wind is starting to die...
And the last issue, they do prefer for us to use Shake-A-Leg as launch so they can coordinate things better.
Soliciting ideas on how we can find a solution here....
Thursday, April 21, 2011
and he and Alex saw a larger bull shark in the area, so Jim was pretty nervous about swimming while getting his vessel upright. By the time we got to judge's boat, participant's number increased,
Albert, Angel, couple of RSX, some guy on an old course Mikes Lab, Alex,Fernando and myself were the windsurfing fleet, 3 kitesurfers showed up with boards that look like super short slalom boards with
multi fin configuration, I overheard that Kent said that his fins are 42cm! Winds actually were within perfect
formula range 12+ knots. From what I could see, Fernando just blew everyone away.
With his 12 m2 sail he was effortlessly blasting even through the 3rd race when the wind finally started to drop off. Overall it was great times! For $10 we got a to race plus a BBQ/beer/snacks waiting for us.
After race Alex was discussing with committee how to improve the course for next time, we had too many close calls with boats. Hope more people show up next time... See ya
Sunday, March 20, 2011
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