S1: Let's Get The Party Started
Columbia River Doug's Beach
Left Burnaby just before 6 am and was across the board by 7 am and through Seattle by 9 am arriving in Hood River before 2 pm. Ran errands in town and was able to find everything on my list, dropped a couple of old sails off on consignment at Windance and made one stop for Michael. Grabbed take-out Tai food (put it on ice for a late dinner) and headed to Doug’s to take advantage of the strongest wind on offer in the corridor for a late afternoon post-road trip sail. Arrived to find a modest crowd ripping back and forth, but it looked flat and light. As luck would have it I ran into John in the parking lot and he told me what he knew. I was debating on what to take and was optimistically thinking 92 quad/5.2 but as I watched the wind decided on 110/5.2 (good call). Even this was not enough at times and most people left the water to leave John and I to have place to ourselves to catch the last surge of wind for the day. Fun to sail in the sun, relatively warm water in a 3/3 short sleeve suit.
Quote(s) of the day:
Dale Cook (at Sailworks when I picked some spectra downhaul line): “I hope you get some wind this week.”
Me: “I am really only stopping in Hood River on my way to Gold Beach.”
Dale: “Good plan!” (smiles)
Tony (when I showed him the eight downhaul lines I bought): “That’s a lifetime supply of line!”
Wind ** (out of five stars)
Wind was a nice direction for Doug’s (solid in the channel and far side, but a touch light on the near side) but the speed was a little unsettled (on and off) likely due to the cloud/light rain just to the west.
Water/Waves ** (out of five stars)
Modest rolling swell, a little larger than a good day at Nexen.
Jumps * (out of five stars)
Some ramps presented on both port and starboard.
Stoke ** (out of five stars)
It seemed like most of the sailors from the island also went to Dougs for an afternoon/evening sail (John, Chris, Janet and others) so stoke was high to sail together and in anticipation of things to come on the coast!