Grosse Pointe Regatta

Great side shore winds held true all day long  making the windward leeward legs a true upwind and downwind workout.   The first race and last race of the day had nice 10 mph winds but the rest of races the wind was maxing out the 8.5 Prodigy Comp sails in the gusts.    Four Formula guys were completing the course in good time along with several longboards.    Ted S. showed up with a brand new Original Windsurfer and 6.0 sail  and schooled the fleet in more than one race.   Below the fleet gathers at afternoon break for pizza and pop while Nat S. decorates his sail with more tape. 

Lunch break in Patterson Park

In summary it was a perfect summer day for windsurfing,  lots of sunshine, high 80′s temps, a good south breeze and great competitors.   Plan to join the fun there next time in 2011. 

The buzz is growing for the July 17-18 Reservoir Rendezvous regatta held in New London Ohio which is located about 75 miles east of Toledo.   The reservoir is very popular with Cleveland area windsurfers.   A NOR has been posted.   If you plan to camp it’s good to call the campground now and get your name on the list to help them plan.   There will be some band music on Sat evening so bring dancing shoes.

Also coming up in Ohio on  Aug 6-7-8 with check-in parties the evening of the 5th is the Put-In-Bay I-LYA Bay Week regatta.  This three day regatta takes place out on the South Bass Island in Lake Erie though most windsurfers will be staying and launching from Middle Bass.     Please note you need to register using the online system ahead of time,  also you can make Miller Ferry reservations up to two weeks in advance.   I would advise going over Thursday and spending a long weekend there returning late Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.    If you can’t get off work early that week you could still sail the two weekend days of the regatta and have a great time.   The state ran campground on Middle Bass is right on the water with launch beach.   Also consider taking a bike and (lock chain) as riding is a fun way to get around the islands.    Into FaceBook?  Visit  Bay Week on Facebook.

Scott #H