The Drought Ends: Great Winds Return to Baja. Dec. 23, 2009
The early season in La Ventana had only a handful of good sailing days. Typically the North winds begin making their way to southern Baja in October and November, and by the first of December settle into a pattern of at least 5 days of sailable wind per week. With so many windless days, everyone seemed to develop their own theory of why so little wind this year.
The wind has arrived; Dan & Val rig up in their front yard!
Fortunately Mother Nature has intervened and ended the wind drought of Fall 2009, by sending us 12 straight days of great wind. Most days were 4.7 to 5.2, with three epic days of 4.0 with big smooth swells. After a couple of light wind days, a fresh El Norte just hit the beach this afternoon, so here we go again! Happiness has returned to our village on the Sea of Cortez along with sore muscles and blisters. The water is still 72 degrees, so a shorty wetsuit is fine as the air temps are in the high 70’s. The Holiday crowd has been arriving this week and the campground still has room for your tent or RV.
Long time La Ventana sailor Tony from Wisconson enjoys a typical afternoon on the water.
Al from BC, Canada tangles with a Needle Fish.
My friend Al, a fellow Ezzy sailor from eastern BC, was catching the last swells on a great day last week, when a Needle fish struck his lower left leg. After surgery to remove 2 inches of the fish’s beak and a night in the hospital, Al was back on the beach the following afternoon taking pictures of his friends…Canadians are hearty folks.
Returning from a glorious day on the water…doing demos and writing a blog is hard work!
If you will be in La Ventana over the Holidays, I’ll be doing some demos at the campground after Christmas. We’ll post the days on the Ezzy website and on Iwindsurf. I’ll be watching the forecast and do my best to give a couple days notice. Best wishes for a great Holiday season, see you on the beach, Gary & Nancy