WARNING: Below is one of my long-winded rant responses to a short
and simple question.
If you've sailed NM in
April - not including Storrie, which is colder - then that's about how
cold the OR coast water is. With high relative humidity, compared to
dry NM, the sailing is actually warmer. Pistol's water was about 52
and the same for all the other OR coastal spots. My bodyfat is pretty
low, like you, and I never had a problem staying warm. I always wear a
hood on the coast, but never gloves or booties. And other than a
freeze-ass, post sailing derig in the fog at Oceanside, water and air
were both in the 50s, shorts and t-shirt/jacket were the usual
beachwear both pre and apres sailing.
The CA sessions I had?
Crissy's water was 60-ish, plus or minus 3-4 deg, depending on the
flood or ebb tide. The Delta, water was warmer than the Gorge, ~70,
and the air was in the 80s.
I'm not pointing a finger at you, but
it seems many use the water temp as their reason for not sailing the
CA/OR coast, when there are many other real reasons... Sailing the
coast definitely takes a bit of adventure, a healthy ego, flexibility,
and a willingness to get out of the comfort rut.
I'd really like it
if the coast was warmer, but the big reward is usually the coast is
turned on when the Gorge is baking in a heat wave. But this is
America, where one has a choice - Hang in the Gorge [107 in Hood River
this week! for some potential flatwater sailing like we have at
Storrie], or at least escape the heat and try something
End of sermon,
--- In nmwindsurfing@
, Peter Wilson <solarboy1@. ..>
> Great pics Barry, no words about the ice-cream
headache water though!