A week in the Columbia River Gorge can spoil you, especially during a heat wave! The water was a lot warmer than San Francisco Bay, the air was probably 30 F warmer, it was sunny and we were sailing in fresh water.
I took tuesday off from practice and did a bike ride instead. Thursday was the first day back in the boat and it was classic SF: drippy fog, 25-30 knots and an ebb tide. On top of that, a HUGE swell was running offshore and the remnants were inside the bridge. Oh boy!
Aigle boots - check. Burka hikers - check. Spray top over life jacket over Patagonia water heater top - check. Ok, we're set to go!
Turn the corner at the end of the jetty, sheet in and slam into the first giant piece of chop with resulting douching of the face...
YOW! THAT'S COLD! WHAT ON EARTH AM I DOING OUT HERE?!?!?!?!?
Practicing for the Master Worlds in St. Margaret's Bay. Better get used to it!
Besides, I love sailing in San Francisco in 25-30 knots on a big ebb tide. The runs are epic. Until you've done it there is not really any way for me to adequetely describe it.