The mighty Mike Burns posted on Facebook Saturday, noting that the solid WNW blow was going to make the day the first windsurfing day for lots of Long Islanders since Sandy. Count me in! Scott was cackling in the text-message-sphere to get to Sebonac tout suite. I arrived to find Bill, Scott, and the Wolf surveying the wind and rubble, and there was some talk of 4.7's (I went 4.5 on 77 liters, the Wolf 4.2).
I hadn't had a session with the Chimp/Puffin collective since October 1. Oh man was it suite! While conditions weren't primo Sebonac
("there are very few ramps" said Michael.
"whaddayamean there are ramps all over didn't you see my three jumps" said Scott.
"it's not ideal" said the Wolf
"shut up and sail" said Bill.)
it was great to be out there. Soon we were joined by Jan, Bruce, and John Natalie. There was the occasional jumpalicious ramp. Also the occasional floating log. And the glare inbound made some new buoys more than a little interesting to blast by. I actually tried sailing with skiing goggles (no photo...Jeff was not there) but while they helped with the glare, I blew every jibe I attempted wearing them. No view is THAT good...
It's hard to say if the bottom was affected much by Hurricane Sandy or the big nor'easter than came a week later. The lack of ramps while I was there might have simply been bad timing (my forte). It's not hard to say if Sebonac Inlet Road was affected. The east side as you approach the tip were clearly munched at, and the end of the road is busted up...railings gone, and big hole in the asphalt. But as long as the town doesn't block access to the end, Sebonac Inlet should remain a top choice (unless Meschutt sets up!)
And hey I'm not complaining about Sebonac. After I don't know how many weeks of dealing with Sandy damage (and Peconic Puffin World Headquarters got off easy) it was magnificent to lean out, sheet in, and try to remember how to windsurf.
(Top: Scott and the Wolf contemplate the shredliness of the Great Peconic. Bottom: Don't drive to the end...the railing is gone, and there be a hole before it.)