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lakesailor17



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:24 pm    Post subject: Bay Area Sailors in South Padre Reply with quote

I sailed South Padre over Thanksgiving weekend and met a group from the Bay Area. Itís serious dedication to drive 40 hours for a week of warm weather sailing.

This inspired me. I thought about taking an RV for 2-3 weeks to experience the west coast windsurfing. If I started in the gorge and worked my way down the coast, what are the classic places to sail - OR coast, the Bay Area, Central CA or anything else that I may be missing? Iíll be doing this in June. Do you think that 2-3 weeks is enough time to cover the good sailing sites on the west coast?
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jse



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

June is great in the Bay Area. All the usual spots are firing. However if you park your RV at Tomales, you might make some locals upset. There's room for about 10 cars there. One RV would take up a lot of spaces.

Steve
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jordanwd



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, small world; i was fishing at SPI over T-giving.. i actually left this morning to head over to colorado... did you get any of it yesterday? 5.0 in the morning and 4.2 by noon w/ head high surf... didn't even know there was anyone else from cali down there...
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jordanwd



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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isobars



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Bay Area Sailors in South Padre Reply with quote

lakesailor17 wrote:
Do you think that 2-3 weeks is enough time to cover the good sailing sites on the west coast?


Much depends on your priorities. Max shred time? Max surf? SEE every site? SAIL every site (tip: there are scores of sites)? Sail every DAY? Never sail the same site twice? A rolling social event with some sailing when it's convenient? Watching hot sailors/sailing? Snaring some great gear deals?

All are valid objectives, but each requires a different plan. The only advice I can think of common to all objectives/plans would be to identify all the sites from the eastern Gorge to San Diego, mark each on the map, prioritize your objectives, define the number of weeks you can invest, list your own questions, and ask many more online.

Some questions only you can answer, which have a huge bearing on your plan:
Will I leave great wind to visit another site with unknown or no wind?
If a great site is dead today but forecast to blow tomorrow, do I stay?
What are my must-see sites?
What are my must-SAIL (within reason) sites?
Which is worse ... reaching Mission Bay with 5 days to burn and no wind, or barely reaching Chrissy Field because you caught so damned much wind from Berkeley north?
What kind of sailing do you prefer?
How important is that preference?
And many more.

Mike \m/
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coachg



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Short answer is yes. That is one of the best times out here. You can drive from the Gorge to the bay area or bay area to Socal in a day. The only limitation you may have is the RV. As jse pointed out, some of the sites are just not RV friendly.

If you tow another vehicle with you then you could use Sherman as base camp and hit all the bay area spots. Many people do that, including the Euros.

Coachg
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jimwilkins



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To qoute Delta windsurf; " think Rio Daze" ...
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Arrgh



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, yes, 2-3 months should be just about perfect!
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lakesailor17



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My plan is to sail 1 maybe 2 days at each location, depending on the fun factor for the site and the conditions/forecast. Iíd really like to see as many of the classic west coast sailing sites as possible. With that said, Iíll probably only stay 2 days in the gorge (if the hatchery, arlington or the wall are firing) because Iím familiar with most of the gorge sites.

With mobility, I figure that I could drive to minimize being skunked.

If the RV is a problem at many sites, I could easily skip the rv entirely and car-camp / motel for better mobility. I just figured that the rv would be easier.

As for sites, Iím only familiar with the gorge locations and some oregon coast locations. Where are the places called Tomales, Sherman, Delta, Rio? What are some of the other classic sites on the west coast.
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allen



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 costal spots not to miss as you head down from San Francisco are Davenport (just north of Santa Cruz), Arroyo Laguna (across from the Hearst Castle) and Leo Carrillo state beach (north Malibu just south of the Ventura county line)......

Rio Vista (east of SF, part of the Sacramento River Delta) is kind of a poor man's Gorge w/smaller ramps, less wind and probably dirtier water....if you've done the Gorge you could almost skip the Delta and go spots like 3rd Ave and Crissy closer to the city........The 3rd ave Channel when it's 5.0 or better is a fun place
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