Where is the safest place to windsurf on Eastern Long Island? Friendliest water? Least chance of mishap? You may want to say Napeague but it’s got to be Mecox.
Windsurfing at the Yacht Club Saturday with Christian...mellow sesh on a 7.5/109, sharing the water with a pair of kiteboarders. The bay was extra shallow, as the Cut had apparently been opened recently. In the SW wind I was on port tack heading towards the northern limit of the bay (lots of sea shells and live mollusks) on a full plane, with a kiter straight downwind of me. It was starting to get tight...the bay gets quite shallow at that end (where the wind also picks up a knot to give you extra zip in your jibe) but the guy would just not stop or turn or do anything*, and like the fool I am I kept waiting. Started my jibe way too late.
The fin hit hard.
I knew enough about that part of the bay to raise my arms in front of my face. If you’re going to get cut to ribbons, better limbs than nose lips eyes.
Christian sailed up shortly thereafter, pronounced me “considerate” the kiter not so, and noted the condition of my right arm and leg.
“That ends this sesh,” I proclaimed, and sailed back to the launch, to grab the first aid kit I’ve assembled and rarely used. A quart of rinse water, half a tube of Neosporin, and ten bandages later I was good to go home.
Still managed to windsurf Sunday for awhile, until my left hand started bleeding from one of the cuts.
*I did not have right of way, but there is some basic level of consideration called for on the water. You don't hold your course to make someone else stop completely or run aground when you have a dozen other options. IMHO.
Also note: I was thinking about titling the post "Unhappy and Bleeding"...a play on Happy and Bleeding, which was the name of Christian's last movie until he changed it to Love Sick Love. The old title was better for the Peconic Puffin. Where are his priorities?
(Photo: Right elbow area, after some nice neat rebandaging at home. Not shown: Right knee, right hand, left hand.)