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A special report on planned changes at Bird Island Basin:

Bird Island Basin… and the National Park Service    by  Roy Tansill  8/15/00
     Tonight (0815) the Superintendent of the Padre Island National Seashore, Jock Whitworth, and his Chief of Resource Management, Ken McMullen, met with the Corpus Christi Windsurfing Association (CCWA) to discuss the park management‘s plans for Bird Island Basin.  For those few windsurfers out there who are unfamiliar with Bird Island Basin (BIB), its one of the top flat water sailing sites in the US which offers comfortable year around sailing, consistent strong winds, and miles of chest deep warm salt water. 
     This meeting was arranged after rumors of NPS plans to drastically reduce camping and access began circulate throughout the national windsurfing community.  It was feared that after a decade of unfulfilled  promises to improve the area for windsurfers we were being double crossed by the latest in a series of park superintendents and that we faced the immanent loss of much of the launching and camping area.  In fairness to the NPS, that was a possibility under only one of several plans being considered.  What is in the works specifically is as yet undecided but the park management seems eager to get all the paper work out of the way and get to work to rectify some problems they perceive to be necessary.   If permitted, they would expect to begin work perhaps in January on whatever plan is finally decided upon.  The key to this issue is who does that deciding.
     There is a procedure outlined by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which the park must follow and the process has already begun.  Public meetings and input are sought and consulted throughout the process giving us lots of opportunity to inject our wishes/opinions/suggestions but if we don’t then they proceed in the fashion they believe to be best.  Currently they realistically assess windsurfers to be in the second row of the groups who have interest in the National Seashore.  Ahead of us, at least in number, are fisherman, bird watchers, and apparently the hard core environmentalist. Of course numbers don’t always equal power.  The squeeking wheel seems to be a good analogy.   Bird Island Basin is less than 0.5% of the National Seashore and this area set aside for windsurfing attracts a far higher percentage of the park’s visitors.  Currently the process is in its early stages, one in which public meetings are convened to get a feel for what it is they want for the area.  The very first step is a draft design which oddly does not require public input.  The current draft design is ten years old and a dead issue.  In its place is a collection of plans and now public input is being sought.  Its odd but in the lengthy time both Jock and Ken spoke, I never saw any plan and indeed Jock stated clearly ‘we (NPS) have no preconceived ideas’.  What they do have is input from fisherman who have made their wishes known,  bird watchers who care a lot more about the Piping Plover than they do about windsurfers, and what I feel is the far right end of the environmentalists.  Now they have some from the windsurfers too.  But that is only the local CCWA and Bird Island Basin is much more important to many more windsurfers than just the ones lucky enough to call this windy spot home. 
     Want to be heard on the issue, then read on- here’s where you get involved.  The Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment, required by NEPA, and interested parties can sign up for copies of their newsletter mailing list.  Between that mailing list and info that will be available here you can help influence what will be done.  If you’ve ever enjoyed sailing in this special place, or want to in the future, please express your interest by getting on this mailing list.   Below is a copy of the NPS printed statement 
(which is clearly stamped DRAFT).

                 BIRD ISLAND BASIN 

     This is the first of a series of newsletters designed to provide information on new planning projects at Padre Island National Seashore (NS). 
     We are beginning the public involvement in the proposed development and recreational use of Bird Island Basin.  The Development Plan and accompanying Environmental Assessment (EA) will be available for public comment and review this fall.
     The purpose of the Development Plan is to determine needed facilities, asses recreational use, camping, and parking needs, and to address continued visitor pressure on adjacent wetlands and land resources.  High visitor use and limited camping space has has led to impacts on the adjacent wetlands and vegetation resources.
     There are also more issues of user conflicts and vehicle parking space needs.  Padre Island NS is looking to implement management practices that enhance recreational opportunities and protect important area resources.  Values and purposes of the NS are presented, and management goals and objectives for Bird Island Basin will be developed.
     There will be opportunities for public input at the open scoping workshops and periodically during the environmental review process.
     The final plan will be used by the Superintendent of Padre Island NS to make informed decisions regarding the land use at Bird Island Basin and the recreational opportunities that are provided there.
     We are compiling a mailing list for this planning effort and its associated public environmental review process as required by NEPA.  If you are interested in assisting us in this effort,  please fill out the information below and return to:
    Padre Island National Seashore
               P.O. Box 181300
    Corpus Christi, TX. 78480-1300

All responses should be received by September 29, 2000.  You will be added to our mailing list for the upcoming public review, and a copy of the draft plan will be sent to you. 
____ Yes, please include my name on the mailing 
          list for the Draft Development Plan process.



____ Check here to be on the list for future planning documents

     Now seems like an opportunity for windsurfing to move into the front row.  I’ll work on Jock to permit electronic communication in this process but ultimately its up to each individual to get involved- here’s the vehicle.  Please get on this mailing list and help keep Bird Island Basin windsurfing access, shoreline rustic camping, and room for safe recreation around for a long time to come. 

Commodore's Notes:  by Chester Hulme
     Since the last newsletter we held the Bird-to-Causeway sail.  Turnout was extremely light (shame on you), but fun was had by all who finally made the causeway site where we held the BBQ under the club awning.  Perhaps next time we will take out at Snoopy's instead of trying to make the downwind run from Snoopy's to the Northern end of the Causeway. 
     The Goose Island Getaway at Goose Island State Park in Rockport is scheduled for September 8, 9 & 10th.  The state park has camping facilities with electricity, showers, and restrooms.  For those that do not wish to camp out, just come out for the day on Saturday the 10th.  It is only a 45 minute drive.  We will have a pot luck that evening around 6:00 PM.  The campsites are located on the water and sailing right from your site.  Booties are recommended since the are the normal oyster shell, and fishing gear scattered on the bottom at the launch.  Conditions are typically onshore wind with rolling bay water (over your head).  Pam and I have sailed there often and it is quite good sailing.  To make reservations call the state park reservation center at (512)389-8900. ASK FOR BAYFRONT SITES. 
See you on the water!

2000 Cabarete Race Week  by  Craig Greenslit 
      On June 17 - June 25, 2000, Marcy, Maegen (Marcy's sister), and I visited Cabarete, Dominican Republic (DR).   For those of you like me who lack world geography knowledge, the DR and Haiti share the Caribbean island just east of Cuba.  I went to the DR to sail in Cabarete Race Week.  Marcy and Maegen came along to experience the 3rd world culture (and carry my bags). 
     Cabarete sits on the north shore of the DR/Haitian island and is just a 20 minute, nail biting, white knuckle minivan ride from Puerto Plata International Airport.  Mainly a small tourist town, Cabarete consists of a 3/4 mile main street with shops, resorts, restaurants, etc.. on each side.  With motor scooters, street peddlers, minivans, & dump trucks all racing around, hollering, and honking there horns nonstop you'd think you were in a major city at times.  Yet, nestled behind all of the dizzying main street activity and noise rests a windsurfer's dream - the Bay of Cabarete.  Considering the beautiful tropical setting, buffet of 1st class windsurfing shops/schools, wide selection of year 2000 rental equipment, and steady trades its no surprise that Cabarete stays near the top on Windsurf Magazines top ten lists.  Surprisingly, we ran into very few fellow Americans.  The Europeans and Canadians on the other hand have discovered Cabarete. 
     Weather-wise each day was exactly the same, calm mornings with steady side-shore winds 15 - 25 knots blanketing the Bay of Cabarete around noon and howling until dusk.  Skies remained clear to partly cloudy the entire week and temperatures ranged from the lower 80's to lower 90's. 
     Host to several PWA events in the 80's and 90's and this years 3rd stop on the 2000 Caribbean Summer of Fun Tour, Cabarete Race Week was truly a World Cup event.  The Bay of Cabarete reef and PWA Race Director Klauss Michael challenged the 60+ sailors' skills on the water.  Off the water sailors lounged between heats under palm trees or hung out at one of the beachside juice bars/sandwich shops.  Each evening all of the Race Week participants ate and drank in style at a different sponsoring restaurant/bar along the beachfront.  The week ended with a live concert, party, and awards ceremony on the beach. 
     After 5 days and 19 races (7 course & 12 slalom) here are the overall results: 
  1)  Jimmy Diaz (US Virgin Islands)       2)  Sergio Mehl (Argentina) 
  3)  Wilhelm Schurman (Brazil)              4)  Eli Fuller (Antigua) 
  5)  Nikolaj Kruppa (Denmark)             6)  Pablito Guzman (Dom. Republic) 
  7)  Ryan Lampe (Aruba)                      8)  Craig Greenslit (Texas) 
  9)  Pupo Alorda (Dom. Republic)       10) Ivan Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) 

  For more information and complete results visit www.cabareteraceweek.com

Editor's Puffs:   by Roy Tansill
This will be the third time I've written this column in the past week as events have changed my perspective quicker than Jiffy Lube can change your oil.  A few weeks ago there were some rumors regarding changes at Bird Island Basin.  Then there was a posting on rec.windsurfing regarding those rumors and suddenly my e-mail box was running over with inquiries from every corner of the world about what was going on at Bird.  I thought I knew but as the level of e-mail grew I sent an e-mail to the source, Jock Whitworth, the Park's Superintendent.  A week went by and no word from Jock and I began to worry maybe the rest of the windsurfing world was right and they all knew something I didn't.  I finally phoned Jock and in the process discovered that he had been out of town for a week and that he too was somewhat puzzled by the sudden increase of e-mail from windsurfers. 
     Jock will be attending the August CCWA meeting which has now been relocated to Chester & Pam's home just in case it decides to finally rain on August 15th.  It would be most appreciated if everyone who has an opinion regarding what they'd like to see happen to Bird show up for the meeting.  Jock needs to know what windsurfers want and he needs to know what is unacceptable to boardheads who sail out there. 
     The plan that began all the rumors (and quasi-angry e-mails) is only one of several possible plans and it was one that was acceptable to a few sailors from whom Jock had received feedback.  Obviously that was a narrow segment of the population that enjoys Bird's unique launch.  That particular plan calls for an expansion of the current parking surface and the closing of the beach road to all traffic (both vehicular and foot).  Regular visitors James Bozeman and Bill Horton were the first to object to that plan and Bill's opposition began the e-mail onslaught that caught both Jock and I by surprise.  Bill submitted a counter proposal of his own and its a well thought out plan which addresses both the boaters and windsurfers desires. 
     There are at least four other plans already under consideration from the NPS's assembled crew of environmentalists.  I suspect that none of environmental experts are windsurfers or that they have even talked to the taxpayers who are the real owners of the park.  There are other considerations than just the environment when it comes to that unique half mile stretch of shoreline we know as Bird Island Basin.  As Bill points out in his letter we are talking about a half mile of the 120 mile island shoreline.  One would think that even environmental concerns should take a secondary importance to peoples desires for this small portion of the National Seashore, desires held by both windsurfers and boaters.   I don't think the NPS sees it that way and perhaps that's the problem. 
     The Park's superintendent is not free to do as he wishes and must follow NPS guidelines and he has improved Bird while working within those confines.  The new shade structures and even more importantly the recently placed buoys closing off the near shore passage to the boat launch benefit windsurfers- and Jock had those changes implemented.  The closing of that inside route to the boat launch greatly improves what was a serious safety hazard to the windsurfers.  It has reduced what had become a flood of high speed  (and all too often inebriated) boaters roaring right through the sailors to a trickle.   That buoy line was recommended to three superintendents but Jock was the only one to respond to the safety issue and erect it. 
     Please come to the August 15th meeting (7:00 PM start time), listen to the proposals, and help Jock understand what windsurfers want at Bird.   If we don't make our wishes known than we can't influence the final decisions.  Our desires are not the only input which will influence the final plan decisions but Jock is coming to hear from us as well as inform us so be there!

2000 HIHO   Brought to you by AWIA's press release distribution service. 
Andy Brandt Claims HIHO 2000 Victory 
Windsurfing guru Andy Brandt started HIHO 2000 in fine form. Posting victories in the first three races he cruised to an easy overall victory in the six race week-long inter-island race. Brandt, a professional windsurfing instructor sponsored by Neil Pryde & BIC, admitted to focusing on winning the event. "I trained hard for this one," he explained. "I've been sailing the Techno for a year and it's given me a distinct boardspeed advantage." 
     Eli Fuller from Antigua pressured Brandt from the start. Fuller, the HIHO '98 Champion and the Caribbean's best racing windsurfer, encountered hard luck when his booms broke forcing his retirement from both the first and second races.  Following his withdrawal from race #2 it was mathematically impossible for him to win HIHO 2000. This, however, didn't stop him from winning the last three races of the event! 
     Junior racer Antoine Questel who finished second overall posted a sensational performance. Californian Greg Fowlkes followed Questel in third overall. Fourth went to St Martin competitor Ricardy Maricel while Tortola's Rusty Henderson rounded out the top five. 
     Perennial HIHO Women's Champion Mariel Devesa from California started poorly but finished with top honors in her division. An encounter with the reef on day one saw her destroy her board and injure her ankle. Capitalizing on the misfortune Florida racer Julie Rosenberg came in strong but ultimately settled for second. Sarah James from the UK finished third. 
     Jean-Marc Peyronet from St Martin dominated the Masters division. He finished in 9th overall. Alex Caviglia from Florida took second with Canadian Rick Collins finishing third. 
     First time racer Tom Suits took the Grand Masters division from Florida. The elated newcomer announced his intention to continue competing and return to HIHO 2001. Last years Grand Masters Champion Jean-Francois Guerin settled for second while German Ernst Bickmeier came third. 
     While Antoine Questel dominated the Junior division fellow countryman Julien Quentel from St Martin took second. Puerto Rican Nick Leason took third. 
     Martinique sensation William Geurin dominated the Cruising class. The ten-year-old took a 2nd in the first race, then won every other to best 2nd place finisher Arian Hamrhz of Germany by a wide margin. 3rd and 4th went to fellow German's Budi Nickau and David Peet. 5th belonged to Ling-Yue Hong of Canada. 
     Television coverage of the HIHO 2000 event will air on September 18 at 9:00pm EST on the Outdoor Life Network in the USA. UK and European coverage will follow. 
     HIHO 2000 was sponsored by American Airlines, Neilpryde, BIC Sport, Highland Spring, VPM Yachts, the Bitter End, M&M Power Boat Rentals and the BVI Tourist Board. 

2000 Gorge Blowout    By  Barry Ritchey 
 A mixed first and third person account of the 2000 Gorge Blowout: 
     Using my past experience** of surviving the Blowout about 6 times, I rigged a 7.2 Windwing Race with lotsa downhaul and an extra inch of boom length to be able to flatten the sail for survival mode, mounted my 'smallest' race fin (a 46) into my Z-26 Pro-Tech (26.5" wide), and headed off to the announced 9:30 skippers meeting.  Oops, looks like I missed the first skippers meeting that was held at 9:15. No problem, there's another one at 9:30 which lasted about 10 minutes. It's now about 9:40 and Greg Aguera tells us that the start sequence will start about 9:58. Yikes! That only leaves about 20 minutes to get ready. At least I had a head start on some of the other competitors that just stepped out of their car didn't even have a sail rigged. Hustling back to the van, I hear that Swell is reporting wind of about 28 to 38 and increasing (A friend of mine was using a 3.7 at Swell during the time the top 10 sailors went through). The 7.2 will be a handful. A small voice in my head says, "get out the 8'11" and rig the 6.3..." Without really having any time to rerig down to my 6.3, I decide to roll the dice and stay with the 7.2. My previous experience** in doing the Blowout made me err on the side of big (slogging through the Wind to Dog mountain is worse than getting beat up in the Corridor). I was hoping for only 2-meters too big. Also, with the confident wisdom of Moses, I just knew that there would be a mid-day lull - while sneaking through the Swell to Event Site corridor - just like in every year that I've done the race. 
     Just barely made the start in time - didn't have time to pinch to the upwind part of the line - and started about 2/3 of the way down the line.  Probably about a dozen or so folks still rigging who missed the start. A lot of folks were late to the start because the windline (used to announce the go, no-go, status of the race) didn't update at 7:45, like it promised in the 7:15 message. We called three times from 7:45 to 8:05 (the race start is still in limbo) and decided to drive up to Stevenson anyway. Glad I didn't wait for the update, would have also missed the start... Running about 4th and 5th (windsurfer) down to Viento criss-crossing with Peterson and the 3rd/4th place kites. Life is good, I've been running the sail with about 1-1/2" of negative outhaul. After rounding the mark at Viento (Viento = Spanish for wind... duh) the wind starts to freshen up a bit. Freshen, as in comfortably powered to way overpowered in less than a half-mile. With the sail flattened (thank goodness for adj outhauls), the rest of the race (race is not the proper word... punishment is a better descriptor) became personal. So much for that empirical knowledge of expecting the mid-day lull... Too bad I didn't wear that flak jacket (too pressed for time at the start and spaced it)... Coulda, woulda, shoulda... 
     I could write a page more on the blow by blow (literally) sail down to the Event site, but I need to start the healing process of forgetting the details (otherwise I'll never do it again) and will be brief instead. I've never sailed that overpowered - 3 to 3.5 meters too much sail. My 7.2 could not be oversheeted/stalled - it was in need of an exorcism. My stance was back foot in the leeward strap and front foot out of the strap and half way to the mast. Waterstarts were with the rear foot in the strap. Once on a plane, I could sustain a plane by totally luffing the sail (a first for me to experience). Lots of moans, groans, and expletives tossed to the wind. With a rhythm track of bumps, bangs, and splashes.  Look for the soundtrack CD at a store near you...              Results: 
Finished 7th windsurfer overall.  Lucky I didn't break a mast or board.  Lucky I ONLY bruised/cracked ribs (10 days later, a sneeze is torture),  bruised my jaw (saw stars), and hyper extended my arm.  Unlucky to miss out on the great wind for the last three days of our vacation (taking Rx pain meds, it still wasn't fun to sail). 
Until the 2001 Blowout, 
Barry Ritchey  (A flat-water geek from New Mexico) 

Worldwinds' One Hour Classic Results   By Peter Nordby
Top finishers at the I -hr classic were:
Men Fleet:
1) Craig Greenslit - WY5
2) Christian Auger - CC-22
3) Guy Racette - CC 111
4) Jon Jay Ernst - US- 1166
5) Philip Keyserlingk - 74

 Women Fleet:
1) Jennifer Racette - CC 111 
2) Theresa Swirenko - bib # 161 
3) Meg Jones - bib # 25

GPS for Windsurfers?     By  Roy Tansill 
     I recently got a look at Pete Bleser's latest gadget- a small waterproof GPS unit that Pete was using to get speed readings while windsurfing.  Unlike other board speedometers the GPS requires no easily lost impellers or someone shooting you with radar the nifty little gizmo is the ultimate fine tuning aid and if you combine it with a waterproof pouched cell phone it may well be the ultimate rescue device as well.  I wonder how the rescuers would respond to a call for help from someone who could provide their exact position? After seeing the ingenious device I went web surfing at www.garmin.com (the manufacturer's web page) and copied the following information. 
     "Truly a small wonder, the eTrex™ takes the best features of a 12 parallel channel GPS receiver and put them into a six ounce package that is only four inches high and two inches wide. The result is a unit that will literally fit in the palm of your hand (or Velcro to your arm). 
     Besides its small size, mariners and outdoorsmen will likely notice the sleek design of the eTrex. All buttons are located on either side of the unit, allowing for simple, one-handed operation that won't obstruct your view of the display. In fact, the eTrex features only five operator buttons for the ultimate in user-friendly design. Thanks to its bright yellow case, the eTrex will be hard to misplace and easy to find in any gearbag.  The eTrex is completely waterproof so it can take an accidental splash or full on slam dunk in the water and still continue to perform. 
     Inside the eTrex, you will find the proven performance of a 12 parallel channel GPS receiver that will run for 18 to 22 hours on just two AA batteries. No need to worry about dense tree canopy with this unit, the eTrex will continue to maintain a tight satellite lock even while operating in forest-like conditions. The eTrex will store up to 500 user waypoints with graphic icons and boasts GARMIN's exclusive TracBack™ feature that will reverse your track log and help you navigate your way back home. In addition, the eTrex uses animated graphics that will help you identify your marked waypoints quickly and easily." 

Waypoints/Icons: 500 with name and graphic symbol 
Tracks: Automatic track log; 10 saved tracks let you retrace your path in both directions 
Route: 1 reversible route with up to 50 waypoints 
Trip computer: Current speed, average speed, time of sunrise/sunset, resetable maximum speed, trip timer, and trip distance 
Map datums: More than 100 
Position format: Lat/Lon, UTM/UPS, Maidenhead, MGRS and other grids 
Performance Receiver: Differential-ready, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites to compute and update your position 
Acquisition Times: Warm: approx. 15 seconds Cold: approx. 45 seconds AutoLocate™: approx. 2 minutes 
Update Rate: 1 second, continuous 
Accuracy: Position: 15 meters (49 feet) RMS* Velocity: 0.1 knot RMS steady state 
Dynamics: 6g's 
Interfaces: RS232 with NMEA 0183, RTCM 104 DGPS data format and proprietary GARMIN 
Antenna: Built-in patch  Physical  Size: 4.4"H x 2.0"W x 1.2"D (11.2 x 5.1 x 3.0 cm) 
Weight: 5.3 ounces (150 g) with batteries Display: 2.1"H x 1.1"W (5.4 x 2.7 cm) high-contrast LCD with bright backlighting 
Case: Waterproof to IEC 529 IPX7 standards Temperature range: 5°F to 158°F (-15°C to 70°C) 
Data storage: Indefinite; no memory battery required  Power Source: 2 AA batteries (not included) Battery Life: Up to 22 hours  Price: On sale at West Marine $114.95 

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Bird's Eye View:
Wind Peaks
 May, June, & July '00 
By  Randy Roper 
     So much is happening at Bird that I hardly know where to start.  First, I found a great partner.  His name is Don Jackson, he has recently relocated to Corpus Christi after spending 5 years sailing the Caribbean with his family.  He is an architect, general contractor and a heck of a nice guy.  Our strategy for the future of Worldwinds is identical and I couldn't be more happy about my decision. 
     I would like to introduce to you John Van Leeuwen.  John will join our staff on September 1, 2000.  His title will be schoolmaster and he will be managing all instruction from that point on.  He joins us from Aruba where he managed Vela Resorts for six years. We are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to move to South Texas and run our school.  We have been diligently thinking of a new name for the school but have not come up with anything yet.  If you have any ideas, please give us a call or drop us a note. 
     Thanks goes out to all the participants of the One-Hour Classic.  Wow, what a race. The wind was kicken' and everyone seemed a bit overpowered.  We could not have asked for anything more.  The grubs were delicious, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Worldwinds is committed to competition and we welcome any and all suggestions for future events.  There have been rumors that the Whataburger Fall series may start conducting their races at Bird.  We think that's great.  We will make sure that food and fun will be there to service all the participants. 
     During the evening after the race, July 1st, 2000, Bob Hanson, Park Ranger, was injured in a hit-and-run incident. Bob is a super nice guy and from all of us at Worldwinds "We care about you, Bob, we hope you get better really soon."  Fortunately, the guy that did it was stopped for a traffic violation and was taken into custody thanks to an unknown witness.  He is currently awaiting trial.  Although the race was a success, we are sorry that the day was smeared by a reckless individual. 
     Update on improvements.  The improvements for Worldwinds have all been approved by the Padre Island Park Service.  We have installed a wind-generator that has really helped us tremendously.  We have purchased a new phone for the shop that we don't have to walk up to the bathrooms to use. 
    We can now answer almost all calls coming in and the clarity is exceptional.  We will begin working  on the installation of our new fence this week.  Our goal for the fence is to improve the appearance of our business along with increasing the security of our containers.  We will be repositioning the containers so that all three will be facing the launch.  Before the Spring season, we will also be constructing new shading structures to provide a place for all of us speed freaks to have a place to sit and talk endlessly about ourselves.  A TV and VCR will be installed soon.  We intend to use these as tools for our new school.  Video feedback is a great way to improve the skill level of a student, and we will soon have that ability. 
      I want to remind everyone that Worldwinds is committed to staying open year round. We will be open all year round, but may be forced to close early in the week during the off-season.  Call or check the website to stay informed on office hours. 
      In addition to our BIC fleet, we have purchased 4 new Seatrend boards for rental. They are very fast.  We have Seatrends ranging from 94L all the way up to wide-style 140L.  Come on out and try one of the new Seatrends, it is sure to give you the rush you have been looking for. 
      We are currently enhancing our website on a daily basis.  Please check it out.  If you have any questions or comments regarding our site please email us at: sales@worldwinds.net  Next up for the web, online reservations for rentals and instruction.  Stay tuned.  Worldwinds will be saying goodbye to Charlie Weakly, an instructor and rigmaster, sometime in August.  If you are interested in working for Worldwinds as an instructor or rigmaster, please give us a call or send us email. 
      In concluding, our thanks goes out to the Padre Island Park Service for all they have done for us this summer.  They accepted us with open arms and have been instrumental in helping us plan and develop the improvements for Worldwinds.  The staff at the Park Service are top-notch individuals committed to servicing their guests appropriately, and we appreciate all they have done for us. 

CURRANTS... Letters to the Editor
Bird Island Basin Plans Again Cause Worry 
Superintendent Whitworth James Bozeman and I met with you and members of your staff on 22 May 2000 at which time you outlined a Park Service plan for BIB that would in my mind radically alter the use of BIB for both the windsurfers and fishermen alike to the detriment of both. 
     First you proposed to effectively deny use of the beach road area for camping and windsurfing by concentrating all windsurfers and campers in an enlarged parking area at the South end of the present beach road area. The existing beach road will be torn out or large sections removed to permit the flow of water from the Laguna Madre into the "flats" area on the eastern side of the beach. To this end you propose rebuilding the old road to the boat ramp thus by passing the beach road.  These actions would  greatly restrict the number of users and greatly diminish the pleasure, enjoyment and freedom of those of us who cherish the unfettered and unstructured lifestyle we all enjoy in camping and windsurfing at BIB. 
     Superintendent, we are all responsible citizens, and in some cases foreign visitors, who have over the years proven to be good stewards of the National Seashore in many and continuing ways. To deny us the full use of this sailing/camping venue that we have enjoyed for more than a decade based on the unproven, unfounded, insupportable and unrealistic theory that the life of the shore birds will somehow be enhanced by somehow having water flow uphill from the Laguna Madre into the "flats"area is totally unrealistic. These "flats" fill during heavy rain storms and very rapidly empty into the Laguna through several culverts under the road. 
     Superintendent, being a non-windsurfer you are at a disadvantage in trying to understand our concerns. Therefore, I suggest that before you draft any plan for BIB that you spend enough time on the beach with us to fully understand and appreciate our sport and why we need more room than would be available if we were forced into a single parking lot with very limited beach access. 
     Safety is a very real concern when you crowd the large number of windsurfers who use BIB in April and June of each year all together for camping, rigging and sailing in a very small beach area. Limiting the number of windsurfer/campers and the duration of their visit during the relatively short two month prime windsurfing is not an acceptable option. 
     I suggest that you and your staff direct your efforts to come up with ways to enhance the use of BIB for the enjoyment of those who have used it for many years and for new visitors as well. After all, we are talking about public lands and your goal should be to promote its use, not deny or diminish it.  To this end, assuming that funding is or can be made available, I propose that your plans for BIB include the following projects: 

1. Build a permanent toilet facility at the North end of the beach road thereby eliminating the need for the porta -potties which can become a health hazard during high use periods. 
2. Fill the low areas at the North end of the beach to eliminate the bog to which campers are subjected during times of heavy rainfall. 
3. Design and build a new enlarged boat ramp and parking area south of the windsurfing area complete with a permanent toilet facility and trash dumpsters.A southern location for the boat ramp will eliminate all conflict between the high speed fishing boats and the very vulnerable windsurfing rigs. It should be noted that there is evidence that a road and boat launching area once existed south of the windsurfing area. Possibly it could be restored or used as a starting point for a new facility.? 
4. In the interim, until a new boat ramp can be completed, temporarily expand the present boat trailer parking. This will make it unnecessary for the boat trailers to be parked among the campers on the beach and in the South parking lot housing the large RVs during high use periods. 
5. Completion of  a southern boat ramp area will allow the existing ramp area to be reduced to the water level of the Laguna Madre opening a path from the Laguna to the "flats".This will allow the "wind driven tides "to work their magic and fill the "flats" with water. It is to be noted that the majority of frontal winds that blow onshore at BIB are from the northwest and this breach of the road /ramp to the "flats" will face the northwest. This will maximize the effect of the wind driving water into the "flats."  These are my ideas and others may come up with other ways to enhance BIB. By addressing the concerns of its users, you can make Padre Island National Seashore a model for the rest of the National Park System. BIB is unlike many of the larger more popular parks in the NPS which are overwhelmed with visitors and faced with a deteriorating infrastructure and tight budgets but there is scant possibility of this ever happening at BIB with a few well planned improvements that will meet the requirements of the NPS and users alike. 
     Superintendent, are we talking about a 100 yard section of beach used by windsurfers having an adverse impact on an island 120 miles long or is there an agenda to which we are not privy? Please be upfront with me and unequivocally define the issue so that I may address it and understand what is driving your efforts at BIB.  I request and await your response to this letter. 
William  Giroux Horton 
Ed's Note: Bill and his wife Bonnie are 'Spring regulars' at BIB and this is a copy of what Bill sent to Jock Whitworth, the park's Superintendent. 

See you next season.
Volunteers Wanted:  The club sponsored events, both races and fun events, need people to help out on and before the events.  This is particularly true for the US Open.  One year, the CCWA was a sponsor and had a booth at the Open; but we didn't have sufficient help to man the booth throughout the event.  We don't want that to happen again!  Similarly, other events suffered because of a lack of help.  How about volunteering your help this year?  Just phone an event coordinator and offer some help.
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