|Sent on:||Monday, February 27, 2012 10:05 AM|
The Weed is forecasting 5.5 feet at six seconds for Saturday at noon. High tide is after 3 PM. If things are sloppy it can be hard getting out through the shore-break when paddling into the teeth of an incoming tide.
If you put in at Folly Marina you get over two miles of "warm-up" on the Folly River before entering the ocean between Bird Key and Folly. Then the downwind starts. Paralleling the beach about a mile off should be really good if the forecast holds. With these winds, the best ride last time was in front of Morris Island. Things happen there that can form some DEEP holes that will sling you into that happy place you were looking for. Just gotta miss the jetties. (I'm told there is a "cut through" but I have not found it) I go the long way around the end of the jetties towards Ft. Sumter, then back out. If you then go all the way to the end of IOP where Wild Dunes begin it makes for over 23 miles. If you are interested, we need to arrange a shuttle.
Skill levels vary widely among us. I usually do these downwinds alone between Ft. Mountrie and Wild Dunes or just the length of Folly. If I am with someone with better skills, I refuse to have them"babysit"
me. They need to use this time to push themselves to the limits of their ability. Conversely, I can't babysit anyone else. That is not to say we don't look out for anyone else. It is just a simple reality that when you are "in the zone", concentrating on linking the swells, it is impossible to keep up with the whereabouts of anyone else. Despite wearing bright colors and a having a general course planned out, other yaks just seem to disappear in the ditches. We have each other for the shuttle, but that is about it. If you do not yet have the self-reliance and confidence to do this alone then this is probably not for you.
I finally have a cell phone. (Yikes!) Don't know my number yet, but before setting off we can swap numbers and if you go ashore you can phone in your location and we can come get you.
It is a long shot that this forecast will hold up but if it does it could be really good.
BTW, we now have almost $4,000 in prizes to be given away in the drawing after the awards ceremony. Just show up and paddle. Even last place could win the Epic V-8, carbon yak paddles, an SUP paddle, etc. Spread the word! www.charlestonpatriotchallenge.org