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The End of an Era at Sherman Island
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spennie



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:01 pm    Post subject: The End of an Era at Sherman Island Reply with quote

Itís the end of an era.

Just got back from 12 days at Rio Viento RV Park in the Delta, and hereís my first-hand impressions: Theyíve ruined it. Iíve sailed the Delta for about 20 years, anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks a year almost every year, the first 10 at Powerlines, the last 10 at Rio Viento, but now Iím going to have to think hard about going back next year.

Itís the windmills, theyíve killed the wind. You might look at the graphs and think Iím crazy, until you go there and try to sail it. If the graph says 18 Ė 24, now that means 3 minutes of 18 and 3 minutes of 24, a big difference from before, and very difficult to sail. Donít believe me? Fourth of July weekend, and Powerlines was deserted. Rio Viento had about half the number of windsurfers from previous years, mostly regulars who keep their trailers there. Very few sailors out at the Sign, rarely more than 4 or 5.

Iím not opposed to windmills, mind you, that would be crazy! We need clean renewable energy, and I realize that itís a lot more important than keeping a few hundred windsurfers happy. I suppose they put them in the windiest spot they could find, but couldnít it have been on the other side of the river? Build a low-to-the-ground solar farm on the upwind side! If Bill Gates dies & leaves me all his money, thatís just what Iíll do!

Iíve been involved in the discussion about the windmills, and said myself that it was dependent on direction, that if the wind was SW and blowing up the river all would be well. After sailing those very conditions this past week Iíd like to say that I was wrong, very wrong. Sure, youíll get wind, sometimes very strong, but itís gusty and holey, just tolerable, not the super-steady joyfest of before.

The other thing was the water condition. I never saw the lovely ramps we used to get at Rio Viento or the Sign, seems like no matter which way the wind blew, all we got was disorganized chop, like mini-Kanaha, with maybe an occasional small ramp coming up the river. Sure, you could drive up to the Park with your gear, rig and pinch upwind for 4 or 5 reaches until you got some nice ramps up by Marker 12, but no more ďGrab your gear & goĒ from the Sign, Rio Viento or Powerlines campsite. This has also made the Park a crowded zoo on weekends, especially Sunday when the farmworkers bring their families down to the ďPlaypenĒ for a dip.

This is really bumming me out. I love the Delta, I even made a mini documentary about it on my Wind Junkie website, and have had some of the best sailing days of my life there, jumping & playing on the river with my friends, on small gear and wearing boardshorts and a rashguard. No more. I guess Iíll have to spend a zillion dollars & go to Maui next year, the only other place Iíve been that can give you that kind of sailing joy.

Below is a photo of wifey & me from days gone by. Sigh.



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tstizzle



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i actually think the windmills have been affecting the wind at berekeley too. when they turn the power up on them, they pull so hard it causes HUGE wind spikes at the berkeley pier. and it smells more like rotting fish now too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Below is a photo of wifey & me from days gone by. Sigh."

From days gone by?
But, but, but, what are those up on the hill?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From days gone by?
But, but, but, what are those up on the hill?


Should have anticipated this question. It's from when there were only a few, and mostly east of Rio Viento. A little gusty then, but still pretty good.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The key is to sail at the Access during the week or do dawn patrol on the weekends. I was there Saturday morning and again yesterday and it was really really good with hardly anyone there. Too bad for this work thing or I'd be there more.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But still way better than the wind and water in Thousand Oaks this time of year, right? Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

July 4th sail from Rio Viento just as the wind was starting to pick up later in the afternoon. The rest of the weekend wasn't that great.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fourth of July, and you're the only one out. Why is that? See my OP.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

get a bigger sail and all of a sudden your complaints about the wind go away.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spennie wrote:
Fourth of July, and you're the only one out. Why is that? See my OP.


Not sure, happy hour?? Or maybe the flood tide. There were a few guys out at the sign but at Rio Viento I was alone.

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