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gt007



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter,

Thank you very much for the extensive description on the Cape's wavesailing spots.

I was at Mayflower yesterday and had a good time, although the best wind hit and left the beach before my arrival.
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mwilly



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me add my thanks to Peter for taking the time to give his experienced description and recommendations.
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speedysailor



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

amarie wrote:
I also wondered if the influx of seals affected the windsurfing. I saw and heard a bunch of them a little ways down from the lighthouse (but it never got windy enough to rig, so I have yet to sail there). I wondered if you might even bump into them sailing like you do sometimes with fish or jellyfish elsewhere. But it seems a little more problematic to bump into something which is large enough to really jostle you and is possibly being stalked by great whites (I was reading the shark reports over the summer).
The kiter that told me about his experience with the seals said that he got so close to them that the bulls were starting to rear up and threaten attack. However, he did say they were rather perturbed by the sight of the kite. He also thought that it wasn't just a possibility that a great white might be nearby, it was a probability. However, a kiter in distress would be much more of a target than a windsurfer.
gt007 wrote:
Peter,

Thank you very much for the extensive description on the Cape's wavesailing spots.

I was at Mayflower yesterday and had a good time, although the best wind hit and left the beach before my arrival.
The winds were definitely strongest in the morning. I found them rather gusty, too. However, I wasn't sailing the north shore of the cape.
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scooper



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter, thanks for the detailed Cape info!

Regarding the seals- I don't think hitting them is really an issue. From what I've seen, they are very quick and usually cautious. I think the only concern is that they attract sharks.

Does anyone know if the sharks leave when the water gets colder?
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speedysailor



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fish are like birds and people, highly mobile. Some migrate, some are carried by storms and currents. Many remain at home. From what I've heard and read, Florida Atlantic waters are loaded with sharks in the winter. However, I feared rays much more than sharks when I windsurfed there. Contrary to popular beliefs sharks effectively don't attack boats or moderately sized floating craft. A kiter or surfer who has been separated from his gear would be the high risk group.
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windnwebsurfer



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, I'd like to thank Peter also for his in depth caution list. For our own safety, it's always better to know too more than too little.
But looking at all what could happen, The Cut suddently appears scarry and a very high risk spot. I've been windsurfing and kiting at the Cut quite a few times and all my sessions out there turned out to be one of my best ones ever.
It a real great spot but certainly dedicated for experienced riders only, specially if you pass the cut and go out playing in the ocean.

Concerning the seals, they're nothing to be afraid of. They have excellent underwater earing (even though they don't have ears!) so they always know when you're coming close, either windsurfing or kitesurfing. No chance to hit one by accident. They are certainly not afraid of kites, what a joke! And they've seen a lot in the past 5 years. They can come close by curiousity but they won't attack you, but it's true there size are imposing. To protect the kids, they can sometimes signify you stay away, that's all.

The sharks presence is to me more a myth than anyting else. Thrue it's a possibililty but hey, does anyone have really seen one there? Was there ever a shark attack reported at the Cut? I would doubt it very much. To me, the only underwater thing you must really stay aware of, is the tide current. But don't forget that you could die of a heart attack also.

I certainly don't want to diminish the insights brough here by Peter. Being a local he certainly knows at lot more than me about the east coast spots and all the risks involved. The ocean is definitly not a very safe playground, but certainly a very enjoyable one for those of us who have sufficient experience to dare confronting it.

Ride safely, and enjoy...

Bob
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pueno



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not-Too-Swift sailor wrote:
Fish are like birds and people, highly mobile. Some migrate, some are carried by storms and currents. Many remain at home....

Don't you still live with mom, Brucie?

And yet on another forum, you bragged about how worldly, well traveled, and knowledgeable you are. I guess you were carried by storms and currents, just like a used candy wrapper.

Incidentally, congratulations for having a new emoticon created just for you to celebrate your fin sanding technique.
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