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sailor, stand up paddle surfer, pirate, lover of fine rums and beautiful women

National Rum Day

Here are a few thoughts to celebrate  National Rum Day!

~ Lewis Grizzard

Rum is a staple here at Da’ Reef, it is the coin of the realm, often used to repay a debt or a thank you for a favor.

Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses, or directly from sugarcane juice, by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels.

Rum plays a part in the culture of most islands of the West Indies as well as in The Maritimes and Newfoundland. This beverage has famous associations with the Royal Navy (where it was mixed with water or beer to make grog) and piracy (where it was consumed as bumbo). Rum has also served as a popular medium of economic trade, organized crime, and military insurgencies (e.g., the American Revolution and Australia’s Rum Rebellion).

For more on the history of rum click below

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum

Rum has been described and celebrated in song and verse through the ages and I have included some of those words of wisdom for you all to ponder.

Pour a glass of your favorite sugar cane juice and toast the day.

“In light rum, there is freedom

in dark rum, there is wisdom

in water there is bacteria

Drink more rum.”

  • Ben Franklin

 

 

 

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Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest–
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
Louis Stevenson

The Best ideas come while sipping Rum”
-Pavol Kazimir

“All roads lead to rum.”
-W. C. Fields

Why is the rum gone”

Jack Sparrow

 

Windsurfing Wave Foiling

Casey’s Blog:

  Foiling is the very hot topic these days, especially after watching the Americas cup cats flying around Bermuda in 10 MPH wind. Luckily for me I have been racking up the air time foiling for 3 years now doing Kite and Windsurfing foiling. Even though both are fresh and exciting, it was kind of more of the same old for me. Ultimately my feeling on the whole foiling thing is I could take it or leave it. Now hear me out since that is just my opinion as an Uber Watermen. Foiling “is” the future and it will be very very popular. All racing will be going that way and kiting/sailing has already gone that way, as well as most flat water cruising for sure. It is a New Era.
Now here is the game changer for me when it comes to foiling. Recently I have gotten into “Surf foiling.” These foils are quite different in the way they ride because they are big and slow with lots of lift designed for riding waves under control. I started off SUP foiling in small waves with the Mystery Machine, which is probably the hardest thing I have ever done in the water, but so freaken fun. Then I got the idea to stick a sail on the sup/wavefoil and give it a try. That Day turned out to be the Game Changer: Everything worked amazingly perfect, I was gliding/flying on wave after wave(and not good waves either! The crappiest waves: The ones that don’t even break, super small waves, and even open water swell). What I found after switching to my high performance Red Barron foil board is you can catch a swell and completely flag the sail out by just hanging onto the mast or boom and ride the waves forever on the foil with zero sail power. The best part is you don’t need much wind either. Just 12-15mph and a 4.7-5.7 sail and you’re flying on these big surf foils heading up wind like crazy, looking for more swell to ride. I can even go out to open waters and ride downwind swell for crazy amounts of time with zero sail power. There are all sorts of new things to do I haven’t even thought of yet.
This new discipline is WWF (windsurf wave foiling) that’s what I am calling it anyways. I am not even sure if anyone else in the world is even doing this yet? It’s truly opening up my waterman mind to all kinds of new things. WWF already has been replacing other water activities for me like light wind sailing, wind Sup longboarding and kiting. I don’t do much of those anymore). It has shortened up my quiver also. The biggest sail I ever need for WWF is a 5.7 or maybe even a 4.7 with the right designed sail. There is so little sail power required I will be out for a 3 hour WWF session and not use the harness once since there is no need to. WWF is not replacing everything though. When the waves and wind are up, its business as usual with all the normal toys, but for crappy conditions, non-breaking waves, and light winds, it’s crazy fun. I have new board designs dancing in my head and even some foil mods. Hmmmm. I am so very stoked on this newly discovered discipline and I can’t wait to score more sessions. I am really looking forward for WWF to evolve over the next 3-5 years. It’s going to be an exciting ride. Bring it on!

 

1ft wave perfect!

Just flag the sail out and ride the wave!
Heading up-wind for another ride in very little wind.

Welcome to Buffalo

The Reef Warriors splashed into Buffalo on Friday and had a great time.

A baker’s dozen of us met at Riverworks and put in to the Buffalo River for an adventure.

 

The crew paddled to the west along the Buffalo River.

Made a stop at the oldest working fire boat-the Edward M. Cotter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_M._Cotter_(fireboat)

Continued along the river past Canalside and the Naval Park.

http://buffalonavalpark.org

And on to the entrance to the Niagara River at the Buffalo Light.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Main_Light

 

Then we headed back toward Riverworks and continued along the historic Buffalo River and the original terminus of the  Erie Canal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_River_(New_York)

After 3 hours of fun on the water, in true Reef Warrior style, we hit the bar and feasted at Riverworks (can anyone say TaterTot Poutine?)

Leaving da’Reef was tough but having the opportunity to explore new waterways in our own backyard was worth it.

Here is a link to all Lou and Gail’s photos:

https://1drv.ms/f/s!AgTQKz_VU9-aglYISHfRLeilIQT8

For those history buffs-be sure to check the links scattered throughout the post and here are a few others that might be of interest!

http://buffaloriverhistorytours.com

http://buffalonavalpark.org/news-and-events/uss-little-rock-commission/

http://www.eriecanal.org

SUP and general water safety rules

 

As many of you have recently witnessed here at Da’ Reef there has been a great disrespect of water safety by a large number of power craft users.

This unsafe operation has prompted many calls to the Coast Guard and Niagara Regional Police water patrols requesting increased enforcement of laws/regulations in our corner of Lake Erie.

I have it on good authority that the patrols will be in the area on this coming weekend so let’s all be safe, aware and set a good example of what watermen and women should be.

As a reminder of what is necessary I have done some research and this is what I found….

Transport Canada pdf link

Transport Canada, like the United States Coast Guard, classifies Stand Up Paddleboards as human powered vessels when they are being used for navigation. When being used within the surf zone for surfing activities these requirements are not in force. When undertaking a trip or circuit such as a group crossing or solo outing, this is considered navigation.
As human powered vessels, Stand Up Paddleboards are subject to all carriage requirements, including lifejackets. There must be one Canadian approved lifejacket or personal floatation device available on board and available for immediate use. There are many PFD options available for ease of use, such as waist-pack inflatables (a popular choice among competitive rowers, who are also short on space and require a broad range of movement) or low profile paddling vests.
While we have received many requests for the consideration of a leash in lieu of a PFD, Transport Canada does not recognize the leash/paddleboard combination as a floatation device.

If everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket or a PFD of appropriate size, you are only required to carry .1) a sound-signaling device; and .2) a watertight flashlight if the boat is used after sunset or before sunrise or in periods of restricted visibility.

Transport Canada supports leash use, but not as an alternative to a lifejacket or personal floatation device.

What does all that mean for you?

Wear or carry a PFD with you when you are heading out for a paddle, safety 1st. It is just common sense. A sound signaling device is also recommended.

Wear your leash, this prevents you from being separated from the board should you fall. Your board is the thing with the most float available should an emergency arise.

The PFD  guidelines apply for our friends on kayaks, canoes, and other paddle craft as well as sailors, wind surfers and kiters.

Ultimately the decision to wear a PFD is your choice, choose wisely.

Let’s all avoid hefty fines and keep the PFDs with us and have a safe summer out at Da’Reef.

Below are some links for inflatable waist pack PFDs.

 

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine–ultra-slim-manual-inflatable-life-jacket-belt-pack-blue–15911308?recordNum=7

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/dakine–uscg-approved-type-v-inflatable-pfd–16975757?recordNum=18

 

Minimum requirements for all other craft are:

a PFD for all aboard,  a sound signaling device,  throw-able line,and a paddle.

Please refer to the Transport Canada link above if you are unsure about anything. Continue reading SUP and general water safety rules