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gt007



Joined: 31 May 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:39 pm    Post subject: North winds on the cape Reply with quote

The saturday forecast for the cape looks pretty good. Is mayflower sailable on a north wind? If not, what do you suggest? Chapin?

Thanks.
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Dunoyer



Joined: 16 Jul 1989
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Location: Watertown, Massachusetts

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you get a NorthEast wind, Chapin or Mayflower would both be ideal sideshore conditions. Any wind with North in it is great, and even all the way to WNW. The factors that would determine Chapin vs. Mayflower are the amount of waves you want to ride and the amount of walking you want to do at low tide. High tide on Saturday will be at 11:17AM. So you will have water at Chapin 3 hours on either side of that. After that, it is a long walk, though not impossible. The Mayflower advantage is that you will end up sailing better waves sooner. So if you like flat water, do Chapin near high tide, if you're a wavesailor or get there late, do Mayflower. Either one is some of the best and easiest New England conditions, provided the wind cooperates. Expect to be assaulted by the cold, my fingers got numb and then really stung last weeekend. I think when I kite, there is so little bar presure that I will be able to wear gloves. My problem now is that I am recovering from orthoscopic knee surgery as of this afternoon. I am going to rehab real quick 'cause I've a got a trip to la Ventana scheduled for February and I am OUT oF MY SKIN with anticipation on camping on the windy beach!!

Lemme know how it goes!

Jean
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gt007



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply, Jean.

If I go on saturday it will probably be my last trip before our season ends. I sailed Mayflower once and really enjoyed it, so I will give it a try again.

Good luck with the recovery.
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scooper



Joined: 28 May 1987
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dunoyer, Do you think the waves are better at Mayflower over Chapin? I never noticed that. It seems like basicly the same sandbar so I thought the conditions were about the same except that Chapin has the flat water on the inside. I like getting up to speed in the flats and then hitting the waves. But I'm not an expert on that area so maybe I don't know all the subtleties.
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Dunoyer



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, no huge difference between Mayflower and Chapin.
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