Strong N Winds at S-Turns

Today, I woke to light SW breezes and temperatures hovering near 70 degrees. However, by 11:00am, the wind switched around to the north and ramped up into the upper 20 to low 30 mph! There was no rain or even weather activity, only the wind switch and eventual clearing for afternoon sunset.

Charlie, Dan, and I decided to sail at S-Turns north of Rodanthe since the ocean was flat on the southern facing beaches of the OBX. Conditions were sloppy side onshore with a building chest to head high swell into nightfall. Water was pushing 65 degrees and air temps settled in the mid 50s. I rigged a new 2007 Maui Sails 4.7m Legend, fresh from the production line! We were on the water soon after 3:00pm and enjoyed extreme bump conditions. Many high flying jumps, back loops, and one/two-handed tabletops were found in the wind swell. All in all, not too bad for November. The wind is forecast to hold though tomorrow, so perhaps some better wave riding will be found with the building swell overnight. We shall see...

No sailing photos today since I was on the water with no breaks until after sunset. Though the photo with this post is my rig near the dune line with the moon rising overhead. This time of year, we continue to sail after the sun sets since it gets dark so early!


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