Jake wrote:PMCD, You think I shoulda took the 10m eh? What would Columbus do? Come on, it's the Sound bru. We are both fully capable of dealing with the worst situation, but thanks for your concern. We would do it over in a heartbeat. I think B-ham is doable in one day. Maybe I'll take the 10 for that?
I am glad you made it and it sounds like a great adventure, but, you had no back up besides the buddy system and a cell phone. You are dependent on consistent winds, gear not failing, hoping that you do not spend too much time in the water when the cold zaps you of your energy and judgment.....
You were "both fully capable of dealing with the worst situation"? Not even close on that assessment. At best
you were somewhat
prepared for one thing going wrong. What about when two things go wrong at the same time? If you are not prepared for a cascading set of circumstances on the water, you will be lucky not to eventually pay the price for your lack of preparation
If something happened, what is your buddy going to do? If you are close enough to shore, he can drag you in, but, other than that he is not much help. You really dont need to be very far out to eliminate dragging you in as an option in cold water. So what was the real backup plan in reality? Call the coast guard from your cell phone? I don’t think it is a good idea for kite boarders to take adventures in the sound with the Coast Guard as their first line of defense. I am concerned that other kite boarders will follow your example and take adventures with a false sense of security that will
eventually lead to CG rescues or recoveries.
Columbus took three boats with him that float to discover a western trade route. You are a engaging in a recreational sport and using the CG as your back up. Yours was an effort that takes endurance. The risk was created by your lack of a good back up plan, not the distance you were traveling. The CG should only be called as a last resort when all other reasonable plans have failed as will happen on the water. Using the buddy system in the middle of the sound is not a reasonable level of planning.
If these adventures become commonplace with PS kite boarders using your planning it will
result in CG rescues and worse which will not be good for kite boarding as a whole and locally in PS. I hope others understand the risks involved on the water, respect the sea and take the time to put together a better plan than you did.
I am not trying to be insulting and I know it is not popular to do anything other than post "high five" comments on PSkite, but, I stand by my comments. I don't care if I am alone in this opinion, labeled an over cautions drama queen, pussy, wimp.... I have spent too much time on the water and have seen all too often how a situation can deteriorate in minutes when you are not well prepared.
What I have said is not debatable in my mind, so,this will be my last post on this subject. I hope that you and others take the time, effort and expense to take greater responsibility for the possible outcomes of future adventures.
PMCD AKA TLKB