Alissa's WindLog for Wednesday September 24, 2008

73rd session in 2008
Sailed at S. Packery, TX
Wind from the NE (mph)
        Average: 22
Rated a 8 of 10

Board: mistral syncro fish '06 77
Sail: 5.2 Worldsail '05
Suit: rash guard

I was torn about where to sail--Poenisch (in a post-rainfall bay) or Packery (in a post-Ike gulf). But waves always win me over. I found the beach surprisingly clean, contrary to the past week's stories and broadcasts of hurricane detritis strewn everywhere. Either the jetty has kept that small stretch relatively protected or the city's front end loaders are working overtime. The only signs of recent chaos were a wooden spool and a large branch near the access road. Otherwise the beach was the cleanest I've ever seen it--hard packed and free of even fishing line and bottles--pristine,actually, by Corpus standards.

The waves revealed a bit more of the chaos north of here, churning up occasional plastic fragments, splintered boards, and a seat cushion. I spotted two reflective open ocean life jackets pretty far offshore, and both times I sailed over praying not to see anyone in them. I had to at least check, though. It's sad to see the fragments of people's lives tossed about like driftwood, but at least there didn't appear to be any actual people, at least not here, not today.

Sailing South Packery reminds me of an inner-city game of hoops--scappy and gritty, making you long for the smooth parquet of a northeast Port A session. But even the roughest contests offer gems, in this case the occasional over head high set that would ramp up on the outside. You could get some good jumps, drops, or jibes, depending where you caught it. Twice, gearing up to catch a nice set, my fin instead caught a long reed, and I'd have to back up and clear it. The inside offered spottier wind and sloppy waves. Still, I took some sets all the way in, and just like in surfing, I didn't once regret having to fight my way back out. For just one great ride it's worth every debris-ridden wave you have to schlog out through.