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wevans



Joined: 29 Aug 1999
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2000 3:06 pm    Post subject: RE: Windsurfing in Richmond VA? Reply with quote

Raymond,

I used to live there. You can go sailing in the Swift Creek reservoir if youre not too picky about wind. They dont allow swimming, but they do allow windsurfing no matter how many times you fall in. Wink

About an hour away you can go sailing on the James River down by Williamsburg where it really starts to get wide. I used the colonial parkway as a launch a number of times although Im not there arent rules against it.

If youre up for a trip to the bay (1.5-2 hours) then you might as well head to Hampton. If youre going there, then check out the launches section of www.windvisions.com.
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wevans



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2000 7:02 pm    Post subject: RE: Windsurfing in Richmond VA? Reply with quote

I think the closest shop is Beach Sports down by Buckroe Beach (in Hampton). www.beachsports.net
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logosz85



Joined: 22 Feb 2007
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Location: Birmingham, MI

PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at relocating to the same area and equally picky about the wind. Kinda in a situation where I need to pick between Richmond and Baltimore. Richmond is a lot closer to Nags Head where I think it is pretty good. Any more input on type of gear typically used around this area..Big floaty boards and Schooner sized sails or sinkers with socks tied to the masts cause its soooo windy. I am hoping for the later of the two.
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ccyne



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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a decent contingent of windsurfers in the Hampton Roads area (Williamsburg to Va Beach). Check out this website http://www.windvisions.com/index2.html it has information on the local scene including the letsrig mailing list, check the archives and it will give a bunch of information on what local conditions are like. There is also a club called W.E.T. http://www.sailwet.com/. Personaly I live between Richmond and Williamsburg and have a decent launch on the James when the wind is blowing East to SW.
I have often wondered about the Colonial Parkway as a launch, between the York and James Rivers you could sail any wind direction. It is a national historic park so I would think access wouldn't be a problem but I really don't know. Richmond depending on which side of the city you live is about 4 hours from Hatteras. Hope that helps.
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logosz85



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent advise on the web sites. Cape Henry looks real good and isn't too far from Richmond.
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jpf18



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

logosz85 wrote:
Big floaty boards and Schooner sized sails or sinkers with socks tied to the masts cause its soooo windy.
You'll find both. Cape Henry experience: I sailed there way overpowered on 4.0/75l the other week, two days in a row. Yesterday it was 9.0 and longboard to get planing. Cape Henry/First Landing State Park Works on WSW to NE.
Colonial Parkway is off limits as far as I know. The powers that be apparently chase windsurfers away.
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chadperkins



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming from Richmond the best sailing arear are Buckroe and the York River. The York has a really strong current and only works in a few directions.
Buckroe is good on all directions except west and north west. In the summer Buckroe gets a thermal quite often. This results in on shore winds with some good waves. If you are coming down get on the WET email list, send out an email, and I am sure someone will meet you down there to sail.
Also the Outerbanks are only 2 1/2 hours from here. That is some of the best winds on the East Coast.
Chad
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jenkinsatg



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 7:57 pm    Post subject: Richmond VA sailing spots Reply with quote

Best w/o traffic through Hampton is to head for Gywnn's Island, great launch in front of Islander hotel on left as you cross bridge onto island; good for all N winds...there's also a public beach nearby across from Stove Point which is great in NE....hour and 20.

There a few regulars that show up from Richmond and Matthews County..
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bwdiii



Joined: 21 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is this public beach "across from Stove Point" of which you speak?
?On Gwynn's Island?
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logosz85



Joined: 22 Feb 2007
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great feedback from everyone. Thanks for all your input. Now the big question is if I bring only an 85L board and a bunch of sails 4.0 to 6.0 how often do you think I will get to sail if I only have weekends available. Mind you I am crazy enough to drive a couple of hours if that is what it takes to get my fix. Oops last issue when the air and water are below 50 degrees I am closing up shop for the season. So based upon this group of factors am I looking at once a month, once a year or every weekend from April to October...
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