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jse



Joined: 17 Apr 1995
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Location: Marin

PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drcrabe wrote:
Marina Bay is a nice alternate launch for Pt. Isabel. Rig on real grass, steps to water. Watch tides, as the mud is nasty.


Also, if you go to the very end of the road past Marina Bay, there is a second park that works in low or high tide. It's a nice grassy park with restrooms and a sandy beach with some small rocks to launch from. Sometimes if the wind is light inside at Marina Bay, but the tide is high and choppy, it's hard to waterstart and get out of the little wind-hole there. The next park over doesn't have that problem. Plus, if you like really flat water, you're pretty close to the speed run inside the sandbar off Brooks Island.

Steve
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tomg



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming from the freeway "maze" of 980/580/80/101 the closest spot is Emeryville. Nice grass launch. Take Powell Street to the very end. Ramp is next to the breakwater. Puts you due south of the Berkeley.

-Tom
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jam-1



Joined: 23 Mar 1999
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Candlestick can be a lot of fun, but it is not a place you want to be loitering about, especially once the sun starts to set. I'm always a little nervous about leaving my car parked there while out on the water.
Palo Alto can be fun, but you need to worry about tides there. I would say that you need at least 3 feet of water on the tide charts to sail that place comfortably.
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windsrf



Joined: 01 May 1998
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good that tide issue at Marina Bay was noted. I'd not try to launch there at lower than +2ft. In addition, there is at least one sand bar lurking few hundred yards offshore which I managed to slam into at full speed - but with fairly large fin. David
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andydavis



Joined: 11 Apr 1999
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Location: Point Isabel

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomg wrote:
Coming from the freeway "maze" of 980/580/80/101 the closest spot is Emeryville. Nice grass launch. Take Powell Street to the very end. Ramp is next to the breakwater. Puts you due south of the Berkeley.

-Tom


you should thank the Maurice, the Emeryville City Engineer who put in that excellent ramp. It's also just a nice place to haul out for a drink of water and a rest. Very Happy
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madspaniard



Joined: 23 May 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andydavis wrote:

you should thank the Maurice, the Emeryville City Engineer who put in that excellent ramp. It's also just a nice place to haul out for a drink of water and a rest. Very Happy


That's right, Maurice did a great job pushing this forward. It's really cool that the E. City Engineer is also a windsurfer! Now if we could have a city engineer/windsurfer working for all the cities with access to the bay...
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ctuna



Joined: 27 Jun 1995
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Location: Santa Cruz Ca

PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:03 pm    Post subject: Stick has been extermly gusty and powered up this year Reply with quote

Take a look at today for example . There has been a lot of 25 average with gusts to 40 days this year . It has not been very flat in the middle. Sherman and the Coast have had much more even wind.
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