When it blows NW on eastern Long Island everybody knows the spot to sail is Meschutt. But for some reason everyone was at Sebonac Inlet yesterday as the winds blew 25 gusting to 35 in the morning. The reach was out into the bay towards Riverhead, with starboard jumping favored (but not the classic field of ramps you get at Sebonac on Westerlies.) In addition to much of the usual crowd (Scott, the Wolf, John H, Jeff) there were quite a few windsurfers I didn't know, and a few that I've never seen there before.
The triumphant arrival of Massimo (who lives just up the road but somehow hasn't been sailing Sebonac) was a highlight. He took the rookie ride, getting sucked through the inlet by the incoming tide, and now like me he will never forget to respect that harmless looking little patch of water adjoining the otherwise wonderful launch (I got dragged out into the bay three times trying to land on the inlet sand during my first session.) He was also seen with a huge grin as he sailed through the swell.
Rich Simmons was a welcome addition. Last seen at in last week's ABK clinic at Napeague Rich made the trip to check out Sebonac, eschewing CIB and other favored mid-Island spots in favor of some Peconic action (we hope to sail with him at CIB one day this Fall.)
(Photos: Massimo where he belongs...launching at Sebonac Inlet.
Rich in Peconica.
My new ride looks good on the beach.)
For detail on all of these spots, check out the Long Island Windsurfing Map