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  1. andyatos

    Video: We Go Looking For Some Wind

    A ridge of high pressure was going to pass over us on Friday with warm temperatures. But late Saturday a dry front was going to move through with very cold weather and super strong winds to follow. So we headed for the Russian River Friday morning, hoping a light sea breeze concentrated by...
  2. andyatos

    Video: Sailing Between California Fronts

    Phil texted me on Thursday, pointing out that it looked like Friday might be good for the Russian River. He was right... it was going to be the warmest day of the week. The only thing was the ridge of high pressure was going to be directly over us. That meant there was going to be pretty much...
  3. andyatos

    Video: A Memorable Sail

    The southeast wind was still blowing by the time we launched. But after about an hour it dropped to just a trickle... leaving us wondering if an onshore flow would develop. Here's the video. - Andy
  4. andyatos

    Video: Fall Sailing On Tomales Bay

    Arrived at the boat ramp to southeast winds at Tomales Bay. They didn't die out early like they normally do so we took to the water as soon as we were ready. Here's some video of our day. - Andy
  5. andyatos

    Best Way To Attach Carpet To Wooden Bunks?

    I'm replacing two wooden bunks near the stern of my Sunfish trailer. They are 2 by 4s and I'm going to cover them with some discarded carpet I got from a carpet store. Any ideas on the best way to attach the carpet to my new 2 by 4 bunks? Glue? Screws? Staples? Thanks, - Andy
  6. andyatos

    Video: Nothing Like A Day On The Water

    There was high fog covering the entire sky when we showed up at the cove at Tomales. But yet again, the weather gods burned it all off. Phil, Greg and Andy took to the water and had a really pleasant day with a nice breeze that built over the course of a few hours. Here's some video. - Andy
  7. andyatos

    Video: Another Day On The Bay

    Greg, Phil and Andy were looking for some sailing at Tomales. We got some. Warm and pleasant with nice puffs coming out of the Point Reyes canyons to broad reach in. Just what this Old Salt needed. Here's some footage. - Andy
  8. andyatos

    Video: Norcalsail & Andy Explore The Russian River

    With the river mouth closed off by the smaller summertime waves, the Russian River was super full... providing very nice sailing conditions. So Norcalsail & Andy took advantage of a short pause in the strong northwest coastal winds to do the Jenner to Duncan's Mills bridge out and back trip...
  9. andyatos

    Video: It Got Really Windy

    Phil (Norcalsail) in his Sunfish and Greg and Andy in their Lasers were ready for some action. Our northwest leg was great with good pace and solid wind. But then the Point Reyes fog goddess turned up the dial and humbled us on our return leg. Here's the video. - Andy
  10. andyatos

    Video: Tomales Worked Us Over

    Greg, Phil and Andy hit the bay looking for some adventure. The outward leg was nice with good wind. On the return leg, well... we got a bit more than we bargained for. Here's the video. - Andy
  11. andyatos

    Video: A Southeast Day At Tomales Bay

    With a north Pacific High producing north to northwest winds 15 miles offshore and a low off southern California creating southerly flow, we had the classic large, counter clockwise spinning eddy along the northern California coast… giving us southeast winds at Tomales Bay. The winds were...
  12. andyatos

    Video: A Southeast Day At Tomales Bay

    With a north Pacific High producing north to northwest winds 15 miles offshore and a low off southern California creating southerly flow, we had the classic large, counter clockwise spinning eddy along the northern California coast… giving us southeast winds at Tomales Bay. The winds were...
  13. andyatos

    Video: Sailing On Tomales Bay

    Our relentless rainy pattern in Northern California finally transitioned to a high pressure ridge so the boys were anxious for some sailing. Knowing the onshore seabreeze flow would eventually kick in, we took to the water even though it was still glassy on the bay with barely a breath of wind...
  14. andyatos

    Video: Sailing Tomales Bay

    Our relentless rainy pattern in Northern California finally transitioned to a high pressure ridge so the boys were anxious for some sailing. Knowing the onshore seabreeze flow would eventually kick in, we took to the water even though it was still glassy on the bay with barely a breath of wind...
  15. andyatos

    Video: Sailing Full Moon Tides

    Two days after Thanksgiving, extra high tides allowed us to explore a new area. - Andy
  16. andyatos

    Life Vest Recommendations

    I'm looking to get a life vest that has a low, contour fitting upper back area that will allow me to pass under the boom during tacks when I have a lot of vang on and my boom is very low and not get hung up on the boom... as is the case when you are wearing a standard kayaking or other life...
  17. andyatos

    Video: Sunfish Tenacity In Strong Winds

    The sailing fighting spirit is alive and well at Lake Julian, North Carolina... - Andy
  18. andyatos

    How Would You Repair These?

    It's been years since I bought my pre-owned boat and I'm finally getting around to repairing 2 gelcoat dings from previous owners. One ding is about 17 inches towards the stern from the bow, along the centerline of the hull. That ding is 1 inch long, right down to the glass. The other one...
  19. andyatos

    Why Are These Mast Lower Sections Bent?

    My brother bought a Laser a couple of years ago that he now wants to sell, having never sailed it. I'm here in Maine checking out his kit and discovered something. He's got a standard sized sail and standard sized lower mast (112 inches). He's also got a radial sail and radial sized lower...
  20. andyatos

    New Vertical Rudder Sailing Report

    With a warming trend upon us in northern California, the forecast for the gradient winds was dropping fast. There was no wind this morning from the sensors on the coast so I decided to go where I know there's always wind, even when it's totally dead on the beach; the Russian River. With a bit...
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