Sunday, October 25, 2009

Lewes Dawn Patrol

Well, I woke up super early Sunday morning to knock out the post covering Saturday’s action. I knew the wind was gonna be up, and with most NE blows, you needed to get on it early, cuz it would probably die off by lunch time. I really had no intention of sailing. But the wind was strong, and the sun was shining bright. Around 9am, it had shown no signs of easing, blowing in the mid to upper 20s. So I suited up in the garage, and cruised down to the main beach in Lewes.



I tell you, after living here for several years now, I’ve got the Delaware bay unlocked. Lewes is definitely the spot to be on a NW or even WNW. It was absolutely fabulous conditions Sunday. The waves where nicely shaped and vertical, and the NW wind gave you the easy angle to bust out big floaty jumps. Ahhhhh I love Lewes on NW.

There were several other sailors out. James was alone up at the secret spot. Then there were those three guys that sail just downwind of the secret spot. I don’t know who those guys are, but they were having a blast. I saw one of them, some guy with a yellow helmet on, bank a really sweet turn off a long period swell on the outside. I noticed the board had a lot of rocker, and thought it was probably a fun board to ride in these powered up wavy conditions. This picture here is one of those sailors. Don’t know if they follow Live2sail, but if they do, I’d be stoked if they left a comment. Hey guys, I thought to come into the beach when I saw you resting to introduce myself, but was having too much fun to stop! I’m sure you understand :)

It was rockin! Easily 5.0, but I rigged my 5.8 in anticipation of the drop off that never came! So I held on in the gusts, and blasted thru the lulls.


I really didn’t expect to be sailing much past noon, but it kept blowing, and stayed strong well past 1pm. So I kept sailing. Was one super long-several hour session. As I said, the jumps where heavenly, especially out near the jetty next to the ferry. In fact, blasting past the jetty, into the ferry channel heading toward the light house, it was really cranking so I’d blast into the channel, just lit up like a Christmas tree, totally in my element and content.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Stoked!


ps: its early, but this coming weekend looks to be quite fun, and just in time for my birthday on Halloween. Assateague anyone?

Live2sail

3 comments:

guillaume said...

Hi Mr Live to sail,
Great blog.
I'm planing to check out Assateague next week end. Could you give me a pointer on where to launch from? Is the bay sailable?
Thanks,
G.

George Markopoulos said...

Depends if you want ocean or bay action.
 
Assateague has two sections, the federal and state parks. The first park you come to, right after you come of the bridge, is the state park.  This park is free I believe. I also go to the federal park. Annual pass is $30, daily visit is $15.
 
For the ocean, any of the parking lots have beach access. I like the last lot (southernmost) in the federal park. Has a bathroom and boardwalk up to the top of the dune.      
 
For sound sailing, you have to go to the federal park. Just past the rangers station, there is a road that you’ll make a right and drive all the way to the sound. Kiters frequent this spot, so beware.
 
Hope that helps

George Markopoulos said...

Depends if you want ocean or bay action.
 
Assateague has two sections, the federal and state parks. The first park you come to, right after you come of the bridge, is the state park.  This park is free I believe. I also go to the federal park. Annual pass is $30, daily visit is $15.
 
For the ocean, any of the parking lots have beach access. I like the last lot (southernmost) in the federal park. Has a bathroom and boardwalk up to the top of the dune.      
 
For sound sailing, you have to go to the federal park. Just past the rangers station, there is a road that you’ll make a right and drive all the way to the sound. Kiters frequent this spot, so beware.
 
Hope that helps