October Day Trippin’

October Day Trippin’
by Spennie

Hey Wind Junkies!

So was I crazy enough to drive all the way to Isabella for just one day? F—- yeah!

We arrived around 11:30 or so, and drove down to rig with Harry Farnham, who was parked down in the middle of what SHOULD have been the jibing bay. The lake is unbelievably low right now, lower than I think I’ve ever seen it in 22 years of sailing there. Sorry no pics. Harry’s a sissy, and had gotten cold earlier so decided to sit out the rest of the day. We rigged 5.6 for me & 4.2 for Debi.

Debi went out first, and was totally lit on her 4.2. I followed on the 5.6, and was cranking around for a while, making very short reaches, almost like Lopez. Should have sailed the Ghetto. Then it backed off (go look at the graph, I’ll wait), so I rigged our 6.6 and went blasting around on that. It ramped back up and I switched back to 5.6 for a while, then 6.6 again. (graph) Ian & Greg joined us, and we had some company, but only us, 1 or 2 guys at the Ghetto, and later Eva who sailed far upwind of us.

The air was cool but the water warm, we needed full suits for the cool air, but were totally comfortable. When we had had enough, around 3:30 or so, we rolled up the sails, then drove the rest of the way across the jibing bay and up the boat ramp!

Totally worth it, would do it again in a minute!


Categorized in: Haulass Hotline, Lake Isabella