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Windsurfing during a Pandemic

OK, let's put later info first ...

Today I went on my first COVID-19 pan damn it excursion alone ...

There was chatter that SEPAQ parks like OKA were allowing personal watercraft out...

So, I drove out to the parc today after work - Thursday 28MAY2020, which was another blistering hot day. The last two(2) have been scorchers -- 100° F / 38°C and feels like HELL on fire !!! 

Before I left, I double-checked to make sure that I had everything including my Park Pass
I do, but it expired in like October 2019. What year is it again ??
Oh well, I usually know the gate keepers and they let me get away with stuff ...

Damn, are the drivers worse than before the pan damn it ?? Farque me man ...
Remember Joe, the ONLY entrance is from the 640 ...
Okay, go around the circle and roll at 50 kph for a loooong time ...
Come past the gate up to the STOP sign and ...
Damn, It's some "older kid" sitting in a chair with a flashy safety vest
"Do you have your pass?"
"Yes" and I show it to him ...
"2019 to 2019... it's expired"
So, I explain I just want to do a quick tour and not even get out the car ...
"Je m'excuse, je ne peux pas faire ca. Vous n'avez pas une telephone pour acheter une passe journalier en ligne.?"
Non, non ... I just wanna tour the park ...NON !!
OK, OK.. is la Crête open then ?? Non and camping and other things will start soon ...
Yesterday and today the Park is packed ... WHAT ?? 
Oui, Oui .. They all want to go to the beach...
What about all this social distancing?? Yes, they are supposed to ... 

And WHO is policing this ?? (pardon the pun

The agent then explained that there is some governmental group that passes through and does spot checks. Farque, I hope they don't give out thousand dollar tickets #$%^&*

So, I continued ma journée with the intention of visiting Pointe aux Anglais.
Which meant I was going to drive through the town of OKA, right beside where the Kahnasatake Mohawks live that blocked access to the parc just last week ...
There was a sign just before town with a stop sign and three(3) kids with safety vests.
The sign said "Emergency Measures - Local Residents ONLY"
I have long hair and a beard and grew up near an "Indian" Reserve
The Five Nations people used to drink and do whatever the heck they wanted...
So, at the sign, I stopped, left my window up, nodded to the kid and continued ...
He sat back down on his chair ...
When I reached the bottom of the hill just below the reservation area there was another sign. It too said Local Residents ONLY..
Somehow, even tho there was NO kids and still, that sign was MUCH more foreboding.
You are a local who lives here, you know who lives up that hill.

Do you remember the OKA crisis, back in 1990 ??
Maybe this pic will bring you some flashbacks !!


The lesson learned there and maybe in some other parts of the white man's history book ..
DON'T farque with the Indians... and so, I turned around and headed home ..

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Obviously if you are in a warmer section of the world than I, when we here are currently on April 1st, 2020 with a foot of snow (that is NO April Fool's joke) and socially distancing ourselves from our fellow man and woman by two(2) meters ... then perhaps you have access to a warm body of water where you can go alone or maintain a "social distance" (ironic terminology) from others ... One site is suggesting staying away from old people ...lol


Yeah - what kinda FUCKIN day is this anyway ??

Hats off to SailWorks who are making an effort in supplying face covers - can they make them such that we don't even need sunglasses any more ... or  .... perhaps keep them so dark that we can become a faceless society ? Pink Floyd like ..


Stay Home !!


It is now end of April 2020 and I am reading on windsurf forums and seeing videos of people windsurfing / windfoiling ...

At first I was quite upset. 

Well frankly, because I have NO access to water lol.  (and it is still cold)
Then I was concerned what about this virus moisture laden drool coming off these active windsurfers and dropping into the drinking water ?? My retiring colleague, Ed, informed me that CORONA is lipid based and does not last long in water (yes, he IS retiring during the COVID-19 pandamnit AND he reads more than I do :-) 

btw If you do retire during a "house lockdown" order, you still hafta stay home.
You just don't hafta work 😍

Okay, it is now Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 and the Quebec premier, some dude called Let'sGo is saying perhaps it is time to send the primary school kids back to school = WTF. So, now everyone thinks the restrictions have been relaxed and it's time to go back to "normal" ?? It is very warm today - like 20 degrees C and this is at the local boat ramp and park on Rivière Milles Isles !!!

Farque: It feels like the States are windsurfing like there IS no pan damn it !!
      https://www.peconicpuffin.com/the_peconic_puffin/2020/05/that-was-a-weekend.html


AND just check out what Florida beaches looked like weekend of May 9th = WTF !
!

pic stolen from CNN or some other syndicate

Global News says:
Federal officials says some trails, day use areas, green spaces and recreational boating will be available starting June 1 at national parks, historic sites and waterways and national marine conservation areas.

Apparently OKA Parc was open in mid-May, but the Kanesatake Mohawks were blocking both entrances. They even closed their weed shops like the medicine box.

SailWorks Hucker 6.6

Well, I saw it advertised at a price under $100 and so; I just had to try it ... :-)

Michel came from Lac St-Jean on his way to Australia and dropped it off ...
Hmm, that was like two (2) weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic announcement ...

I did not have any pics yet and so posted one with the SailWorks stamp of approval  ...


Mine is NOT quite so colourful and must be an older version since it does not have the arrow. It is the more of a star shaped design

Seems mine is a 2007 based on dimensions - except mast sleeve looks open - specs say closed

475 cm median on the downhaul and I was using a PX RDM 460/90% mast
and 204 cm outhaul on the Chinook aluminum boom

I tried downhauling it with the winch, but forgot how much force Sailworks sails need

Once I thought I was done, I pulled and poked n looked and put at least another 5 cm downhaul. I was looking at the sail and thinking either the mast is wrong or this sail loves downhaul. Well I read that many have used PowerEx masts with the Huckers successfully... So I just gotta put MORE downhaul - more than I ever do !!

GREAT Hucker Review here: 


and where I got the pic too :-)

My wife asked what are my plans for this sail. There are many. I hope to use it on the MEQ2 longboard (especially with newbies or bigger winds) , in higher winds on smaller gear and maybe even in the winter - like in the next post :-)

and of course I hafta put that infamous video from the Sailworks crew !!


Somewhere in-between, I set the RDM extension to 10 cm. It is now end of April 2020 and we are still in the "middle" of the pandemic i.e. still in "lock down". ("They think" the COVID is at it's mid-point, but no-one knows ANYTHING for sure. Just the concept of "THEM thinking" is preposterous :-

I tried rigging the sail in the backyard, just to see ... butt ...

The downhaul setting of 460+10= 470 cm is FAR from ideal in theory and reality. The sail is flagged as 473-477 luff. Even though I have now set the extension to 14 cm, we have barely reached the minimum.

When people say these sails take a LOT of downhaul, they are NOT kidding. I use a crank/winch now and had to use it twice during one downhaul session and to a less than minimum setting !! 

The outhaul is 197-200 boom , but what I tried today is irrelevant since the downhaul was not even close to ideal. (Believe I put 180+17.5=197.5 which is at minimum and I had to PULL to get there...)

Checking the sail from the SW cog, it showed we were still missing lotsa downhaul !!!
                                                          Which we knew already (sorry about the royale oui).

I made some dorkie videos that I will share for now in the hopes I can offer something better in the pan damn it future - like on the water !!



Dorkie Video No. 2



Summary of my trial riggings:
  1. It took me three(3) trial riggings b4 I felt we were approaching the proper setup.
  2. Sailworks' sails and this one in particular require a lot of force when downhauling.
  3. I am NOT sure the Powerex 460/100 RDM is the ideal mast for this sail.
  4. Also read somewhere that Sailworks suggests SDM for this sail - Dale Cook sail !!
  5. Need to inspect used sails better - were 2 monofilm issues I missed @ purchase.
  6. Power can be controlled with the outhaul
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I have a SW Retro 8-oh sail - rigged with a hardtop MS 490/75 mast and a soft top NP 490/90 mast.

Ironically the soft top NP 490/90 won !!
and I consider the PowereX mast a soft top - I use it with an HSM Fire 6.4


Journale de 2020

"La journale" is being presented as latest entries first
- a suggestion me bro made a few years back

                                                          29MAY2020 - it's a beautiful Fry Day !!

So, at lunch I drove up to the White House bringing my harness and boom; finished work early and was on the water by about 15h15
         
I almost hit Christiane who was doing her swim - Louis did not warn me !! He just looked at me with his blank stare n smile. Like he always does ...

The sail was set with the winch and was best when FULLY downhauled; with +25 cm outhaul (180+25 = 205cm total)

I fell in a couple of times but the water was comfortable. We have had blazing heat lately ..

Obviously the session was with the BIC SL200 board + Gaastra Flow 3X cambered 7m² sail on the MauiSails 490 hard top mast. I tried using the harness, but the lines were not set well ... Was having too much fun to worry about those details on that day ... I was out for about an hour - and is was just heavenly - especially after a shot of spiced rum and a hit of Galiano ... wine :-)

The winds were 20-40 kph from the west, but swung south at times & hit 30-50 kph at times - I was practically planing with the BEAST !! Fun, fun ...

Oh yeah, I almost forgot - the deck of the board was quite slippery I wished I had brung me booties - good thing for Ken's crocks !! These are some kinda special crocks - mine used to slide like crazeeee

14MAY2020 - yupp, we are still in "lockdown"
                      - some primary schools are starting up and people are "misbehaving"
                      - all this sit at home stuff just makes me drool and shop 4 stuff
                      - this is NOT good !!
                      - in the last five(5) years I have spent under $400 a year on windsurfing
                      - if we assume that one can windsurf here six(6) months of the year,
                      - that's around $65 a month or $2 a day and VERY reasonable
                      - I have been looking at a Fanatic Hawk 120 for $650 (Maxime)
                      - this would require selling at least one or two boards - which one(s) ??
                      - also looking at a Simmer 2XC 8.5 with mast for $800 (what 2 sell??)
                      - for this one - it is more difficult since people are NOT using large sails
                      - everyone is going foiling with smaller sails now
                      - perhaps it is best to just "wait and see"

10MAY2020 - this weekend the winds were stronger than usual - WNW 20-50kph
                      - and i was curious how i would handle this
                      - went out today and found winds to be all over the place W, then NW
                      - winds went from cannot keep sail/kite going to had to let go
                      - it was so strong at times!!
                      - also practiced keeping sail at 10h00 and 2h00
                     - how the F do they kitesurf with this kind of instability ?!?!?

07MAY2020 - supposed to rain and not a lotta wind from the W/SW
                      - oh well, maybe time to try and make a video of this insanity ...
                      - so, that's what I did ...



and here is the 2nd part  - seems no cheap n easy way to join em ??



03MAY2020 - SUNDAY and a nice one at that ----------------------------
                      - it started with rain and then turned into a beauty
                      - Marc said he was going out on the water - will check back with him later
                      - wind W-SW 20-35 kph and some chambers look torn = oh well
                      - grande fun !!!

01MAY2020 - a picture is worth a 1000 words :-) Fry Day woohooo


27APR2020 = Mundane Monday
                      - wind was light - about 20-30 kph and again from the NE
                      - thus I went alone and tried a whack of stuff
                      - even tried pumping the kite to get it up higher
                      - managed to fly the kite quite high
                      - different dude came as I was getting off @ 17h30
                      - he did not say a word to me :-)
                      - none of those dudes seemed to be there when I arrived @#$%^&*(

26APR2020  - SUNday = NOT (cloudy n gray with threat of rain showers)
                      - this time wind was from the NE 20-35 kph - up n down with slight
                         shits in wind direction
                      - Jayroh did a good job today and got nervous when he felt the power !!
                      - when I had the kite, I felt in full control and actually did a full loop
                      - did some quick saves and had NO issues starting the kite from the
                         ground

                      - some other people were in the next field with their dog = open space

23APR2020 - Thursday & almost Friday
                     - wind was from the West about 20-35 kph, but to go down later
                     - waited for my older son at home to finish work - mistake
                     - wind was more like 20-30 kph and difficult to keep trainer kite up
                     - young dude in red vest came and told us in English that we are not
                        allowed in Rosemere parks - told him there was NO sign
                     - he said it was a town ruling - told him we would be done in 5 anyway
                     - NEXT time will tell him open spaces are allowed  !! and
                        that I asked the cops :-) who have passed on numerous occasions !!
                     - we left 10 minutes later anyway cuz the wind died

19APR2020 - skipped Friday, but was yearning for outside activity
                     - think the windskate is on the back burner and kite training has
                       "moved up the totem pole" (in the words of my sister)
                     - field was finally dry enough for me to go in my shoes
                     - thus the boots were used to hold the kite down
                     - i practiced ALL kinds of stuff and was feeling VERY confident
                     - ran gentle figure eights through the power zone too
                     - landed the kite at the edge of the windzone, but learned it was difficult to
                        launch from there (only for when done with the session ??)
                     - definitely feels like "I am getting the hang of it" - pardon the pun :-)
                     - oh yeah, best part was the planning - got wind, got off n then drizzle started !!
                     - managed to fly the kite high

17APR2020 - it's a FRYday and I don't feel like going with the training kite WTF
                    - guess I went too many days in a row ... don't want it as a routine ...
                    - btw all this kite activity and pandemic does NOT stop me from
                              shopping for windsurf equipment
                              - one lady said people were coming by the next day to look @ stuff
                                                                WTF

16APR2020 - yes, the very next day, I was OUT on the field AGAIN
                     - in case you have not seen the kite: HQ-RUSH-v300-pro.html
                     - had issues with the strings at first as usual, but got it all figured out
                     - with the help of Phillippe, a kiter from Rosemere
                     - he reviewed a few things, gave me more tricks and said:
                       "You are ready for kite courses with Gilles @ Parc OKA" :-)
                     - btw it is EASY to maintain distance when working with a kite !!
                     - I was doing figure eights, starting from upside down, dropping the kite
                       from way up high and starting it up before it hit ground

                     - BEST kite practice day for me EVER !!! :-)

Forgot to mention:
                              At lunch I searched for a BETTER place to practice
                              Parc in front of the arena is closed
                              Too hilly with trees in front of the Catholic Church/School
                               Reno Depot had an area in the parking lot, but there was BIG puddle
                               Private Rosemere golf course looked full of trees n tight runs ...

Secret: I tried to hold the kite by its lines and cut my hand and finger - no blood tho - 
            just some skin lol          Propolis ALREADY doing its job !!!


15APR2020 - managed to go out after work
                     - winds were a little stronger & once again a fellow came and helped me
                     - my lines were tangled and I could NOT get going
                    - shoes to hold down was good, but again tree blocked wind down low
                    - where is a better place to go ??
                    - also, when kite goes over your head towards the wind - what to do ??

14APR2020 - We had NO power all day and I am WFH\workin from home ...
                     - Had a SUPER windy night and power died around 2 a.m.
                     - Late in the day I went to the same field as Sunday, butt was wet
                     - Also, the wind seemed quite high

12APR2020 - Yes, we are in the "middle" of the COVID-19 pandemic
                     - Parcs are closed and everyone is "social distancing"
                     - It is Easter Sunday with a nice W/SW breeze of 20-30 kph
                     - Temps to go up to about 12 degrees C with the sun showing her face
                     - NO better day than to kite my HQ Rush V300 PRO - obviously 3 m²
                                                     HQ-RUSH-V300-pro.html
                     - This was like my 2nd time flying this thing and a gentleman came by
                     - He watched, asked some questions then helped me - from the distance
                     - First he threw the kite up, then launched it while I threw it up ... nice pun
                     - Showed me the ropes and then I continued on my own ...
                     - Wind was a bit light and tricky
                     - Oh yeah, it is Easter Sunday and I am afraid to try the windskate
                     - That's because I busted my shoulder on the ice Easter weekend 2008
                     - I am not usually superstitious, but I will make an exception on this one :-(

                     - Before I forget, the centre line was loosened & I steered from the ropes
                     - NOT just steering with the handle - pull on those ropes !!

07MAR2020 - The One and ONLY windsurf session on ice this "winter" of 2019/2020
                      - https://joewindsurfer/2020/03/winter-session-march-2020.html
                      - I had two inguinal hernias repaired in November 2019.
                      - That pretty much killed ALL winter activities for me
                      - I actually had six(6) weeks convalescence