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Colorado winter sail

Discussion in 'Destinations' started by Allowishish, Jan 7, 2019. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Allowishish

    Allowishish

    Joined Oct 30, 2017
    127 posts, 79 likes
    Catalina c 27
    Long Monday US Lake Pueblo
    we keep our Catalina 27 on lake Pueblo year round and last Saturday was one of those majical days. 465BF78E-5314-4A0C-80AB-7DF76D941D57.jpeg The wind started 10-15 and stayed near 10 for hours. Eventually calming down towards the evening.

    It got me to thinking how lucky I am (in Colorado) to be able to sail year round.

    If any of you suckerfishes who bought into the Grandby/Dillon hype want to get out for a sail this winter let me know.

    Oh and in the winter I frequently only see one or to other boats period.

    Did I mention it was 60 (f) out ....
     


  2. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    7,825 posts, 3,136 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Congrats... That 60 F in Colorado must be “Global Warming” :yikes:... Sorry... Could not help myself.

    Nice image. Looks like the clouds are really moving. Would indicate you did have nice sailing breeze. Even so the lake looks pretty calm.

    Sail On. If you are really into winter sailing, follow our “Les and John’s Excellent Sailing Adventure - 2019 Winter Cruise” where we sail in the “dead of winter” from Everett to Vancouver BC and back over about 10 days. But no 60 degree days are planned. They may happen but I’ll be packing the long johns and dry suite.
     


  3. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,147 posts, 963 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    Some of our members have been seen on their iceboats in previous winters. So far we've been mild relatively speaking. Been able to get out on my bicycle the past few days without looking like a circus bear.
     


  4. Allowishish

    Allowishish

    Joined Oct 30, 2017
    127 posts, 79 likes
    Catalina c 27
    Long Monday US Lake Pueblo
    The photo was taken as the wind was on the dying side. That said it was also taken while short tacking up a protected cove.

    Every once and a while we get glass flat and enough wind to move along at 4 kts.


    I will definitely follow your trip.
    I make a trip out to WA about every other month for business and am always a little jealous of the E. D. from Bellingham. Some day I will make it up that way for a sail... someday for an extended cruise.
     


  5. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    931 posts, 247 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Guntersville, AL
    Nice, I made it out on Saturday also. I think it was in the low 60s down south here also. My wind was in the 5-10, a few puffs up to 15. Made a nice second solo day sail for my log book since I couldn't get any crew:)
     


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  6. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    7,825 posts, 3,136 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    @Allowishish
    What brings you to WA and where do you visit?
     


  7. shemandr

    shemandr

    Joined Jan 1, 2006
    3,798 posts, 783 likes
    Marblehead Skiff 14'
    US Greenport, NY
    Pueblo is fairly South - like Hampton Virginia. Not like New England. But even on LI there are winter days that make fine sailing. You may be dressed like for skiing but the visual rewards of a sunny winter day are magnificent. It's a shame we are "Encouraged" to put our boats away by November 1st by the insurance companies and boat yards.
     


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  8. Allowishish

    Allowishish

    Joined Oct 30, 2017
    127 posts, 79 likes
    Catalina c 27
    Long Monday US Lake Pueblo
    jssailem,
    I manage a skilled nursing facility.
    The company I work for is out of Portland but we (CO) are lumped in with the WA region.

    I wind up in Seattle but usually just for a quick overnight trip. At least I get the views on the flight in and out. Lol.
     


  9. Charisma

    Charisma

    Joined Jun 1, 2004
    231 posts, 4 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Lake Pueblo Colorado
    Lucky You . . . see you come summer. sv Charisma
     


  10. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,456 posts, 1,147 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    Yeah, you can't confuse weather with climate. There has been a lot of ice in our harbor this year, already. But several fishing boats stay in all year round and go out a few times a week.

    We will often get days through December that are nice enough to sail. But as you mention, insurance forbids coverage. So,.... in comes the new, nearly free boats. No insurance needed.

    The Winter Sailboat

    There is a good example of a winter sailboat in our harbor, on a mooring, right now. A Cape Dory Typhoon. 19 feet, strongly built little boat, self bailing and not prone to deck leaks so no worry about a filling bilge.

    Small enough to quickly hank on a stowed jib and main (this one leaves the main on-covered). Leave on a moments notice. But big enough to 'get you home' if things kick up.

    The most important safety equipment would be your mooring. Oversized and well maintained. Your mooring cleat: Oversized and well maintained.

    A Winter Sailboat just waits for a good day.
     


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  11. shemandr

    shemandr

    Joined Jan 1, 2006
    3,798 posts, 783 likes
    Marblehead Skiff 14'
    US Greenport, NY
    I like the Typhoon. I think it's a better sailing boat than the CD 25. I would think it's a good choice for a winter boat. Round bilges won't suffer so much with some ice.
     


  12. John Nantz

    John Nantz

    Joined Jul 1, 1998
    2,940 posts, 29 likes
    Hunter Legend 35
    US Poulsbo/Semiahmoo WA
    The weather has really changed in the past few decades! Back in the late 1970's we had -30ºF in Alturas, Northern California, and in the -20ºF for several days on end. Used to ski Mt Shasta on Labor Day in September, and during the ski season, the snow bank along side the road to the ski area was higher than a car roof. Could ski outside the ski area down about 4,000 feet to the road below then hitch a ride to the lodge again. Lately, however, they haven't even been able to open the ski area.

    Locally in Bremerton, in the mid 1980's there was typically a lot of snow starting by Thanksgiving near sea level, enough to push snow with the front bumper. ~ 1986 there were numerous days in the 20ºF and we'd get a couple feet of snow on the patio, significant snow fall up into Easter. Measurable "precept" every single day of June.

    In recent years there has been very little snow, typically only around 2 to 3 inches a couple times mid winter and this year we haven't even had a single snowflake!, practically no rain all summer but lots of nasty smoke for months from forest fires.
     


  13. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    3,902 posts, 1,912 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
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    Looking at this chart, one might conclude that the temperature of Earth has never been more stable. The last 10,000 years look relatively flat. However, this chart shows some funky things with time compression and it is hard to tell if we are in a Milankovitch Cycle or not.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


  14. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    868 posts, 398 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Hard to believe that it's only 20 years since the Mt. Baker ski area received its record breaking 1140 inches of snow.
     


  15. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    7,825 posts, 3,136 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    That was the year the Glacier got it's snow...
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  16. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    3,902 posts, 1,912 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    The first time I saw snow falling from the sky, I was tubing down a glacier in Washington state in the Summer of 1972. I was 9.
    We got hailed on while cooking soup for dinner at our campground. We all huddled in our VW camper while the Old Man cooked on the picnic table in his foul weather gear. There were hail stones floating in our soup by the time he served it.

    Good times.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     



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