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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Club Trip to Bird Island

A wonderful weekend in Corpus Christi

With stunning warm days and cool nights, Bird Island Basin provided the setting for the latest club trip to Bird Island Basin.

Our pres Brian gathered up some of our newer sailors and showed them a great time at the coast. On September 18 and 19, Kelly, Jeetu, and Eugene brought their enthusiasm and camping gear for a Saturday night stay-over. They all did really well due to the great wind conditions for newer sailors.

Chris and Vanessa also came in for board repairs and chillaxing (chilling plus relaxing). With lower winds, Vanessa tried out some duck gybes after moving from the 8.0 to the 6.5 sail -- the reach up to the boom is pretty high with a bigger sail. Brian showed Chris a few freestyle moves that had Chris pulling off a couple of shaky helicopter tacks after several unsuccessful attempts, including one which resulted in a broken mechanical universal joint and provided a great excuse to upgrade to a two-bolt tendon mast base.

On Saturday night, the group had a barbecue on the beach with Larry, who was in from New Mexico. In addition to the fun, Brian arranged for some great deals through Worldwinds. If you're hankering to get some equipment, these trips are a good way to check out the gear first hand.

For those who couldn't join us in September, Brian has another trip planned for October 18-19.