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Sep 29, 2014 by Pam Chace

Hi-My husband and I are going to be camping out on St.George Island in the state park the 3rd week in November. How is the wind at that time? Also what sail sizes do you usually use? We live up in RI and usually sail 5.0 to 7.5. Is the water deep enough in Apalachicola Bay on the north side and what's the best wind direction. Thanks in advance! Pam


Date: 10/02/2014
From: Markd

Pay no attention to the Mountain Bike snob behind the Kiteboard curtain, they don't call us Trailahassee for nothing! http://www.trailahassee.com
Date: 10/02/2014
From: fhawk

Pam-- As far as sailing at CSB goes, you can sail in the Bay if the tide is fairly full. There are some shallow areas to the right of the boat launching area at the first parking lot area with the bathroom across the street. I have not found oysters in the St Joe Bay, but I stayed fairly close to the launch site and to the North (ie to the left) of the boat ramps. I know there are very shallow areas to the south in the Bay. It is not too difficult sailing at all, and there are the waves on the Gulf side for your husband. We sail there a good bit in the winter when the wind is N to NW, which is side to side on in the Gulf. It can be outstanding for waves. A friend of mine actually sailed all the way from Mexico Beach to the North point of CSB, so that is fairly open water out that way. Fred
Date: 10/01/2014
From: Pam Chace

Thanks, Alex- I guess we will hope for wind. We went to Santos last year for a week and loved it. It's not on our route this year, though.
Date: 10/01/2014
From: alexb

Pam, there's really no "good" mountain biking here. But I guess that could depend on what you're looking for. If you're fine with flat, sandy, rooty forest roads then there's plenty. If you want some decent single track your options are the Tom Brown trail in Tallahassee, San Felasco trail next to Gainsville and probably the best trails in FL at Santos next to Ocala. Santos is rated as "EPIC" by IMBA. They're about 2-3-4 hour drives from St. George Island though. Let me know if you're willing to drive that far to them and I can link you to some maps and directions.
Date: 10/01/2014
From: Pam Chace

Thanks, Fred, for your reply and helpful info. My husband prefers to sail in the waves and I prefer flat or bump and jump. We'll see how it goes. We might also drive up to Cape San Blas and check that area out. Are there the same problems with oysters in St Joseph's Bay? Hopefully we will get at least one or 2 windy days. If not we understand there might be some good mountain biking in the area. Pam
Date: 09/30/2014
From: fhawk

Pam-- I sail at SGI all the time in the waves on the Gulf side. We sail a lot in the Park at Access 5. It can be very good, but it is wave sailing, so can be a bit tricky. The biggest sail I use is a 5.5 and last time I sailed there on Saturday, I used a 4.7 and 84 liter wave quad. It was blowing side to side off, 20-23, and waves were in the waist to chest range, but this is a little unusual. In November the winds can be pretty good, normally out of the East, which is side onshore. Side shore is NE in the Park where you will be. By late November you will likely need a Spring wetsuit or a full 3/2. A lot of days the wind may be light and the waves quite small in the Gulf, so you could try a bigger sail then. The Bay is full of oyster bars (esp. in the Park), so I would not advise sailing there, although with caution I suppose it might be doable on a light wind day and with booties, once you scope out the bars at low tide. I know one sailor who sailed in the Bay and launched at the boat ramp just to the left of the bridge when coming onto the island, and he did ok, but I don't know exactly where he sailed. Cheers, Fred Hawkes (give me a call if you want to talk about the sailing conditions--850-443-9512)
Date: 09/29/2014
From: Admin

Welcome to the SPSC Message Board. We have several sailors well experienced at St. George Island. Give them time to get home and check on their emails and I am sure you will get all the information you will need.

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