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Lawrence T Hoff replied to Cris's discussion October 2019
"   I should have used my F2 80 liter wave board.  That board sticks well to the water, even disorganized chop.  However, that board was in Lansing, so I used what I had: my 105 liter freestyle board.  That was OK, but I…"
Sunday
Cris replied to Cris's discussion October 2019
"Wow!! That sounds very fun. I'd say 'wish I was there' but I'm not sailing anything smaller than 5.9. I have this 4.7 but can't trust it I like this punch out technique. Thanks for sharing. What size board did you use?"
Sunday
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Cris's discussion October 2019
"4.6 at Muskegon today.  It felt like 25 knots with occasional higher gusts.  Lots of kites, but I was the only (lonely) windsurfer.  When launching, I had to “punch out” through the shore break, just like you described,…"
Saturday
Cris replied to Cris's discussion October 2019
"Friday (10/11/2019) was lighter than I wanted but good exercise. It was fun to practice jibes. The water was cool not cold but rather nasty with seaweed. Traffic from AA was not nice. Enough so that I'm looking for other spots. When I was…"
Saturday
Cris replied to Cris's discussion October 2019
"Very cool Lawrence. I'm interested in three light wind drills. I had a hard time doing post from my phone. Was trying to link a YouTube tut on non planning pivot jibes.  I've been hearing Dodge 4 is interesting so Sunday remains a…"
Oct 9
Lawrence T Hoff replied to Cris's discussion October 2019
"    Wunderground says that a cold front will cross the state on Friday,  followed by a couple days of (cold) clearing winds.  It’s nice when Mother Nature aligns with the weekend calendar.  Maybe a double-play…"
Oct 9
Cris posted a discussion

October 2019

https://youtu.be/jsDI_M3D8H8Who's sailing where?Im thinking St Clair might be fun this Friday 10/11…See More
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Nothing like the Great Lakes

Where else can you sail past sunset and not worry about feeding any sea creatures.   We are lucky to like in the Great Lakes region.

Posted by Brian on September 1, 2019 at 11:52am

September 2019 Planned Trips

This post is about two upcoming windsurfing trips: boating to Pelee Island and camping at Muskegon State Park. I might write a follow up about each if there’s something interesting to say about these trips.  Thanks to those who offered nice comments on my last post about windsurfing + camping in Empire.

Trip 1 Pelee Island: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

Update: See my session post for more info on how it went down...

Last year about this time, my wife and I took our boat to Pelee Island for a weekend. We keep a 22’ Nautica Deluxe docked at my childhood home in Grosse Ile, which is located where the Detroit River meets Lake…

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Posted by Cris on August 23, 2019 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Camping + Windsurfing MI

Having some unused vacation days and lingering desire to somehow get sailing again. I decided to go on a quest to camp where the sailing is good, buy a new or used windsurfer, sail it and generally have a sailing vacation that's been missing from my life.

The Shop

Why buy? My windsurfing gear is about 20 years old. I got what I could afford at the time. As such that gear is old, heavy and slow. It served me well for years and years. I think it is well overdo to treat myself to a new rig. After all I work hard all year long, it's my cake day and there's a whole bunch of justifications I could make, but that's not the point.

My first thought was to head to Hatteras, rent some gear, try it before I buy it kind of thing. There was a great shop called Wind NC which had impressed me when I vacationed there in the past. Unfortunately, Wind NC moved from Hatteras and is now a online…

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Posted by Cris on August 19, 2019 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

OBX Slalom Event

It looks like Ron McKay took 13th place in the OBX Slalom event this week!   That's pretty awesome, given that field of windsurfers.  I see Glendon Gardner in at 30th and Scott Fohey in at 43.  I know Don Ferguson is also in there somewhere.  Congrat's to all!  Da Mitt was well-represented!

Posted by Brian on April 19, 2019 at 8:30am

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