Sunday, May 8, 2011

Club Champs Blown Out . . .

Hout Bay at 09:15 on Sunday morning. White horses and spindrift.

As a rather heavy web user, there is no page I use more than Windguru. And this weekend that extended to 1stweather.com, weathersa.co.za, including the synoptic charts and surface wind prediction models. Must have spent hours on this. Didn't help.

Much as it is an effort to setup something like the club champs, it is with equal reluctance that we called it off, both days, and quite early. Thanks to Chris, Jeremy and Keith (and others) who assisted with the calls, and moral support. Turns out the wind howled both days fairly consistently.

Not that we couldn't have sailed however, but it would have been a quite unpleasant in the somewhat wintery conditions. Half the fleet (2 pacers 27s, a Flamenca and the L26) would have been soaked. Never mind the bridge crew on the marina boat (don't worry about us they said, over umpteen capuccinos in the morning - which was just another way of saying "we aint going nowhere mate - shore-bridge or nutting!"

So Hout Bay's weather gods make their point again - who'd have thought we'd be blown out by the South Easter in mid-may . . .