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Soooo ... what's wrong with Hatchery wind today?
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:19 pm    Post subject: Soooo ... what's wrong with Hatchery wind today? Reply with quote

'Sbeen blowing like crazy all day Friday, and the parking lot looks fairly full on the cam, but there's been almost no one on the water ... only 6-8 people at a time.
Is it that gusty?
Did someone see a shark?
North wind?
Toxic waste spill?

I care because it's a 150-mile drive for me -- fine for decent conditions but not for crap4wind.

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jesusjones



Joined: 17 May 2001
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry dude you missed out. I dont think anyone will validate your decision to stay home? It was bad ass man. Maybe next time Geezer. Sad
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STAUDA



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not gusty....Not Northerly. Just crankin 4.0 with the locals.
Fall does have some benefits.
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WMP



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Early Birds got da worm.... best day of the year at Hatch by far... swell got big, errr huge, even smooth for awhile .... all done by 11 AM, turned to psycho chop after that (when the mob showed up). Sorry dude... you SHOULDA BEEN THERE !!!
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isobars



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The chop beginning late AM answers my question; that's about the time I began checking the cam. What caused the chop to replace the swell? I don't see a wind direction shift or a significant change in wind quality to cause it.

As for a "decision" ... never even considered driving in to the corridor today, due to continued multiple-source forecasts of 20-30 out east, much closer to home. Uh, yeah ... almost hit double digits once.

SUCK-KER!

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WMP



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
What caused the chop to replace the swell?


Long time ago, I scratched my head over stuff like this. Then I noticed lots of other windsurfers going bald... so I stopped scratching my head.

To tell you honestly.... I dunno. Maybe the wind gods don't like mobs?
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Temira



Joined: 15 Jun 1999
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:25 pm    Post subject: why chop? Reply with quote

River flow has a lot to do with the quality of the swell on the river. However, the number of sailors has a lot to do with the psycho chop as well. Each windsurfer puts out a significant wake - just sail behind and upwind/downwind of a friend, and you'll hit their wake and understand. If you put a bunch of windsurfers on the river, it's the equivalent of putting a bunch of powerboats out on a glassy day. The more wakes, the more cross-chop you get.

That's why the early, not-crowded session tends to be better.


Temira
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bobgatpdx1



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was a great day today - finally got my 3.2m sail wet.

I have a theory that the swells are best when the wind speed is changing. Seems like when theres a lull for a few minutes, and then the wind cranks backup - that is when the big swells appear. After a while of steady wind speed the swells get more chaotic. Just a theory.
bobg
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WaveSlayer



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hatchery sucks, its always choppy, crappy ramps and a lousy launch... YOU DON'T EVER WANT TO SAIL THERE!!
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isobars



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having sailed there a few hundred days, I tend to agree. But when it hogs all the wind and the turristas have gone home, it'll do.

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