Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Summer Wind Comes Blowing In

Apologies for the unforeseen hiatus yesterday – I was in on business in Vermont at a location that, horror, did not have broadband Internet access. We’re smack in the middle of the dog days of August here...on the east coast of the U.S. that means light wind, heat and humidity. Not the most ideal conditions for sailors, barring a hurricane ;-) With that in mind let's discuss where the breeze actually will (reliably) blow in August. In my experience you can get an August honk in Maine, hands down the best place to be sailing on the east coast this time of year. The San Francisco Bay on the west coast is known for a strong August breeze. When it heats up inland the Pacific air is sucked in over the hills – I’ve blown chutes out under the Golden Gate in 30 knot gusts. In Narragansett Bay (Rhode Island) the afternoon summer southwesterly is famous. Anybody out there have August location in the States or abroad where summer sailors can get relief?

2 comments:

EVK4 said...

Daytime on SF Bay is perfect...we get a consistent 15-25 starting around noon with usually blue skies and fairly flat water. Problem is early evening the chop picks up (especially East Bay) and the wind gusts to 30+ and the fog rolls in and it's cold and wet and that's when the beer cans are and it takes 2 days to dry the boat out and you were complaining about no wind weren't you?

My marina has 1100 boats in it and I'd say that less than 100 enjoy these incredible conditions on a regular basis. That's just wrong, we should swap them with some East Coast sailors for the summer.

Zephyr said...

Now look, you've gone and reminded me of the terror I've experienced while at the mercy of the SF Bay summer winds. Something about the grass not always being greener...but oh how a thirsty man longs to drink, etc...