Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tide and Wind conditions during the Kiteboarding Coast Guard Rescue

These are the tide conditions at the Golden Gate Bridge the day the Coast Guard pulled me out of the water. They logged the save at 6:00 PM on the dot. High tide had occurred at 4:00 PM - 6 feet of water across the entire Bay dropping to 1 foot, heading out the Gate - with low tide around 10:00 PM - that day. Thus the water was probably 'full on' rushing out the gate at the time my kite went down.
Tides at the GG bridge 8-13-06

These are the wind conditions at Crissy Field that day. The wind sensor at the Golden Gate north tower was down that day so I could not find any data in the iWindSurf archives. The 'warning flag' is the green line - lulls to 10 Mph, even in the open water.

The kites we were flying are unstable unless the wind is roughly 15 MpH or higher - at 10 MpH they wont fly. In a wind shadow behind the south tower of the bridge, the wind may have been 5 Mph. Young's kite dropped and relaunched when he drifted through the shadow - my kite swirled around and turned inside out first...
Wind at the GG Bridge


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