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Hudson River Windsurfers
Free yahoo site, ask moderator Ben Kaufman to join.
Hudson Valley Windsurfers
$10 club fee.
Yahoo group for members only: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/hvw/?yguid=121768927
The Hudson Valley Windsurfers,aka "River Rats", Are a group of windsurfers based along the banks of the Hudson River In the the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. Most of the club Members sail primarily in the Hudson River from launches in towns such as Cold Spring, NY in the south to Kingston, NY in the north.
The club also Organizes member trips to some of the east coast's best windsurfing locations.
The local Hudson Valley Windsurfers club gives Windsurfing lessons twice a year at Kingston Point Beach. Both land simulator and on the water instruction are provided at no charge to members.(Annual club membership is only $10 and can started the night of the lesson).
Yearly membership dues for the Hudson Valley Windsurfers are $10 per person or $15 per family. For more information or questions please contact Larry Kunz, at LarryKunz@att.net .
The Hudson Valley Windsurfers. c/o Larry Kunz. 8 Gale Drive. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. 914-462-5332
Just south of Tappan Zee Bridge (I87) on East side. Beautiful exposure south of the Tappan Zee with a view of the Manhattan skyline and the bridges. Cement grade to a rocky grade into the water. A beautiful no fee park with a grassy rigging area. Bathrooms at the north end of the park. No fees,sufficient parking. Best on N,NW,SW,S. West is gusty and the chop gets messy. Directions - Take Main Street in Irvington down to the bottom. Make a right. Make a left to go over the train tracks. Follow the road to the left heading south along the tracks. At the stop sign continue straight down the road along the train tracks into the park. The launch is at the south end of the park.
Pierson Park Tarrytown, Tarrytown
Just north of Tappan Zee Bridge on East side , Open exposure to N and NW. Cemented over rocky grade to water. Walk into the water carefully. Grassy rigging in a nice park - basketball , paddle ball , tennis , platform tennis , etc. Sailing is next to the Tappan Zee Bridge. On northerlies there is great chop and fetches across along the bridge as well as up and down the river. On a good day one can sail under the bridge towards Piermont - very cool. Directions - Take Main Street in Tarrytown down to the train station. There will be a traffic light there. Bear right up the ramp that leads over the train tracks. Left over the tracks. Left along the tracks. First right (Pierson Park sign?) to the water. Park in designated spots. Enjoy.
Ossining Town Park, Ossining, NY
Eastside site off of Route 9. From the north, take Snowden Ave down to RR station and go south on west side of RR tracks and train station. From south off of Rte 9, follow RR Station signs and cross tracks. Next to Sing Sing State Prison and just south of Ossining Boat and Canoe Club. Launch off beach known as Maui Beach. Good all south and north variations. Sing Sing Surf Squad used to learn and windsurf here for years.
Croton Point Park Beach, Croton, NY
Off of NY 9 south or north, go almost to Croton RR station and instead of making left into station, go straight into park , when you go through Croton Point ticket booths make immediate right, go around building, and find little dirt road behind buildings and enter beach on east end. Rig on grass, 50 m walk to water. Good on NW, N, W, good kite beach. Shallow bay is good for teaching at low tide.
Croton Town Park (Senasqua) , Croton on the Hudson, NY
Best wind directions are NW, W, SW. Town park. Open only to residents during Summer season. During this time one can launch north of the marina (which is above the park) and known as SWAMP HOLE. To get to Croton Town Park, off of Rte 9, exit at Croton. Take road to Half Moon Bay. Follow signs to Half Moon Bay Marina initially to stop sign, then right to Croton Town Park and Swamp Hole.
Swamp Hole, Croton on the Hudson, NY
Eastside site. Take Senasqua road to Croton Yacht Club just across RR tracks, turn right (north) 100-200 meters to a kayak and canoe put in with parking and grassy rig. It is large hole in the breakwater rock wall just north of Croton YC. Good fetch to NWers on river. If you turn left or south, you hit Croton Town Beach known as Senasqua, another fine launch despite the fence and lack of grass.
Verplanck, south of Buchanan, NY
Eastside site. Get off Route 9 and go south of Indian Point Nuclear Plant in Buchanan to waterfront parking in Verplank. Free parking and gorgeous view. Great grassy lawn looking due south at George's Island, NYC, and Haverstraw Bay. Rig on western end of lawn and go through opening on leftmost end of lawn to beautiful little beach and put in. Best on S, WSW, W. Sail directly with and against tide. Maybe do a downwinder to Croton Point on NWer.
Haverstraw Marina, Haverstraw, NY
On west side, in marina south parking lot. Launch just south of last building of marina. Best on NE, N, E, S, or SE. NW and N wind is not as clean as Grassy Point launch. New Rockland County Park to south connects shoreline nice.
Grassy Point at Stony Point, Haverstraw
Westside site. North side of Haverstraw Marina. Best wind directions are N, NW, S, SE. Rig and park on 90 degree road corner and carry over road and concrete barrier to small beach. Launch on point next to Stony Point Town Park.