Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

The island is slowly recovering from hurricane Irene at end of August. Bridge to Salvo is only open again this week. Much debris – including large propane tanks – and many mosquitoes in the bushes. Fortunately they are not out on the beautiful water.
The twisted dock (just visible in the bushes on the left) was 4 ft lower when we used it 2 years ago.

On the ocean side shore waders eat the sand fleas, but the little crabs are too swift for all except Nat.


The crab was happy to be returned home

 

Meanwhile back on the Sound, thanks to Jim’s magic waterproof cameras:

 

The barometer crashed down bringing rain and big wind. Then it shot up:


bringing sun with the same big wind: Glen took this great shot of my 3.2.sq.m. ‘Pin-Head’ storm sail (with Ron close astern) that I’d bought from Karen M about 26 years ago.

If every picture is worth a thousand somethings then this one cost me even more when I dashed off to Andy’s Sail NC to convert my rigs to the current era. The improvement in sail stability & control is startlingly significant. Notice the 3 very short battens in my old green sail vs. Ron’s 5 full length ones and you can imagine how the green sail wobbled when the wind was 30 + mph.

Toronto Island Marathon

Left Ottawa before dawn and at sunrise watched the cool September air condense the vapors off Lake Ontario at Kingston.

Toronto has good art sense. Down by Queens Quay this green item has a “Good Bike” label on the frame.At Cherry Beach 50 or 60 windsurfers we lined up for a Le Mans start

It’s hard to imagine the confusion a few seconds later but a windward end of the line start was worth much and got one ahead of a big bunch for a 2 1/2 hour race.

All went well until the Island airport where many buoys at the end of the runways led to confusion as to the proper course.

Good weekend for it because right afterwards the Jet Stream dropped a most unusual eddy which stayed right over Ohio and Ontario and rotated there for over a week of almost hourly alternating rain and sun and wind.From ground level I searched for the stream but at best could only see these streams of cloud rushing by. They were very different from the Kingston vapors a week previously.