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Foreacre



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:18 pm    Post subject: sailing near Charleston SC Reply with quote

I'm Headed to SC, Charelston area in Sept. Looking at Sullivans IS and Folly Is to do some windsurfing. ANY local knowledge anyone. I would love to hear from you. Advice/warnings etc. I'm a decent intermediate, mostly lakes,bays, some ocean sailing.
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Milsurf



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Location: Tybee island, GA

PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Currently living in Savannah but lived and sailed in charleston for years. Folly beach, head to the washout for wave sailing. Sullivan's Island is Station 29. A little room on the inside and then wave sailing outside the sandbars. In the harbor check out sunset park next to James island yacht club, Ft Moultrie on Sullivan's island(can be dangerous with tides and boat traffic) or downtown from the little beach on the battery. Check out www.iopweather.com for cams and wind reports. I think they have some launch info and pics on their links as well. Plenty of options, all wind directions. Good luck, September could be fun!
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Foreacre



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Milsurf thanks for the info, I will get a good detail map of the area and see where these places are. Do you know of any clubs in the area, or shops to buy from, these are always good leads. I'll be sure to heed the warnings and check out the site with the cams. Brian
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Milsurf



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out Half-Moon outfitters in Mt. Pleasant. They carried windsurf/kite gear back in the day.
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geohaye



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Milsurf's local tips are awesome.

For real-time wind info, iWindsurf is super sharp in Charleston.

Folly Beach Pier:
http://wx.iwindsurf.com/map#32.652,-79.943,13,1,113055,1

Sullivan's Island:
http://wx.iwindsurf.com/map#32.755,-79.796,13,1,100267,1

Capers Nearshore Buoy:
http://wx.iwindsurf.com/map#32.777,-79.678,12,1,49734,1

Fort Sumter Light:
http://wx.iwindsurf.com/map#32.725,-79.826,12,1,93472,1

Isle Of Palms Pier:
http://wx.iwindsurf.com/map#32.78,-79.773,14,1,93294,1

And, the iWindsurf / WeatherFlow meteorologists write the most respected wind forecast in the region-watched by large number of windsurfers, sailors, and kiters:

http://wx.iwindsurf.com/humanForecast/59
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fishshalami4081



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a small contingent of us that sail around here, most people sail on Sullivans (around station 28.5-30) or IOP.

I sail occasionally on Folly after work, nothing special there though. Feel free to shoot me an email if you want to meet up for a session. Email address is username without the numbers at gmail.
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Foreacre



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info, what does (around station 28.5-30) mean? I figured out the IOP as Island of palms.

I'll keep the email info also. Thanks Brian
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geohaye



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Foreacre, check out the attached screen shot from iWindsurf. On Sullivan's Island, the streets themselves are named stations --

iWindsurf map:
http://wx.iwindsurf.com/map#32.766,-79.819,15,1,!100267



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Foreacre



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well thats easy enough to find. I just checked out Google earth,
I see the water tower near 28.5 and what looks like public access to the beach between houses in several spots, is that legal on street parking along Marshall blvd? Brian
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RaceboardDude



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stupidly moved away but been windsurfing down there for years. Still probably average a successful trip about every other weekend through late summer. Know all the usual spots but have a few favorites on S.I. With the right wind direction and tide, the harbor can be great too but some local knowledge about where/when makes all the difference. Folly Beach not always my favorite for a variety of reasons but that's more a matter of convenience than conditions. Hit me back closer to September with a PM as I'll probably be around if the forecast looks good.
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