2006-12-12

Gear Has Been Dry for a While

December 1 was the last day I have been on the water here on the OBX. We had a few windy days since then, but air temps in the lower 30s plus water temps in the upper 50s is below my threshold of 100. This past weekend, I decided to clean out the truck including some of the beach sand accumulated over the year.

Hopefully though, there will be a few days ahead for wavesailing before it really gets "too cold!" Long term forecast has some wind in the cards with yellow rather than blue stars on WindGuru, so we shall see!

Interesting OBX December tale: I spoke with Charlie last Friday when we had 30+ mph wind on the OBX, but air temps in the lower 30s. He made the trek to Ocracoke to check conditions since the ocean water was in the 60s down there. Interestingly, he mentioned that the water looked like a hot tub when you first lift the cover on a cold evening. Steam was rising from the water and blowing straight out to sea in the offshore winds. No one sailed, but he reported it as an interesting sight. Too bad no photos!

Here are a few more photos of a "clean" beach truck:

Some beach stuff collected over the year, though I have had the "alien root" for a couple of years!


Still need to clear out the sand on the driver's side, but this shot gives a little glimpse how it accumulates. Though, over the year Lauren cleaned it out a few times?!

6 Comments:

At 11:51 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

You're a kook and we don't love u no more.... get a life, a real job and move off the beach....

life is too short 2 read your blog on a daily basis... plus its boring

 
At 12:04 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Sounds like you are majorly jonesing for warmer water/wind and clean surf! Well, until May/June, or perhaps that winter trip to Maui?!

Stay tuned though and watch the WindGuru, because if there is another warm, windy day here on the OBX...you will probably have to add a "Missed It!" to your calendar!

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

I think you're the one who's missed the most over the past two years....
Like windy tuesday before thanksgiving this year...

In any case, i don't miss anything, i'll be there if its worth sailing, min 30knts, +10'....

You forgot how long the drive is and costy it gets from DC...

Have a great wknd

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Yes true! When I used to live up there and drive the van down, gas was slightly above a dollar a gallon. Now, driving down for a weekend of wind is not only a crap shoot, but also a hit on the wallet!

Rather than spending over $50 on gas, it may be better to spend it on a Thursday night out in Clarendon! Much better odds at Whitlows as compared to wind down here! : )

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Hi Bill,

How do you like Wind Guru...is it better than iWindsurf? Different? I'm curious.

Also, do you sail the Sound when the ocean gets cold, or are you strictly waves?

-Michael (trying to sail 12 months in a row on Long Island)
www.peconicpuffin.com

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Hi Michael,

WindGuru is great for long term forecasts, especially when IWS closes its "human" forecasts from Thanksgiving though Easter. IWS though is best for real-time observation since they have wind sensors peppered thoughout the OBX. All in all, if there is wind coming to, or on the OBX, we can usually sail it.

As for water temps, the ocean actually usually remains warmer than the sounds, especially on the southern OBX. The impact of the Gulf Stream offshore.

 

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