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Mysticfox



Joined: 27 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:49 pm    Post subject: What I should know - HMB tomorrow Reply with quote

Hey all,
I'm a beginning sailor (on boards at least) and I have been doing my best to find wind with little to no swell to get into the game. The best I've been able to get is HMB with around 6-10 kts. Now tomorrow, I would love to head up and try out the southern wind, but I'm guessing the harbor is going to be packed and I don't want to step on any toes. Any beta to pass on so I don't get slapped? Particular spot for beginners? Sail size advice? Or should I just wait till Monday?

Cheers!
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jse



Joined: 17 Apr 1995
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Location: Marin

PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't worry too much as a beginner. There's plenty of room for sailing, but not much parking. I took a rank beginner there last February and he did great. As a beginner I would stay to the right side of the pier. There are fewer boats moored there, and the sandy beach is a good downwind safety net. As you get more adventurous, and you can confidently stay upwind, get well above the pier and then sail to the other side. If you find the wind overpowering (it seems it may be that way according to the forecast.) Stay on the right and work with it. You'll find a shallow spot for practicing waterstarts

Steve
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mtnview



Joined: 02 Jul 2002
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wunderground's forecast for tomorrow is "Becoming breezy with south winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 mph." If you can survive that you won't be a beginner any more Wink

Shoreline in Mountain View is a another safe, flat water place for winter storm sailing, usually good in the hours right after a storm has blown through.

Once the regular season starts again in the spring try Alameda or Candlestick for flat water on the Bay.

Cheers.

- Dave
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mountainbear



Joined: 24 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2007 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone get this before tomorrow, I would like to get directions to the HMB location, is it near the Princeton Harbor?
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kevinkan



Joined: 07 Jun 2001
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Location: San Francisco

PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

launch is at the end of West Point Ave.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1543+48th+ave,+94122&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=37.501896,-122.493224&spn=0.021006,0.047035&t=h&z=15&om=1

basically, drive 101 South, exit at "Princeton" right after the HMB airport. Make a right at Mezza Luna Restaurant, make your first left, and then make your first right... drive until the road ends... you'll see everybody.

kev
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