|By Linda Densmore on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 1:26 am:|
My husband loves to windsurf and plans on enjoying it at Bonaire during our visit in 6 days. I haven't seen anyone mention how the windsurfing is and how the winds will be a this time of year. I might even try it again. Is it a good place for beginners to learn(kids and mom)?
|By Barry Baker on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 9:08 am:|
check out this link about windsurfing on InfoBonaire.com
|By DARLENE ELLIS on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 9:33 am:|
I don't know from experience, but someone we sailed with for three days on the Woodwind were staying in Curacao and came over to Bonaire for only one day and ended up staying three days!!! The wife loved sailing with us on the Woodwind and she told us that her husband had the best wind surfing at Lac Bay that he has experienced and he has been all over the Caribbean! I also have heard that it is great for beginners, but again it is not from experience.
|By Linda Densmore on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 1:31 pm:|
Thanks for the info. Now my husband is very excited and Lac Bay looks like a fun place for the whole family to hang out at.
|By Dara Walter on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 11:00 pm:|
Linda, A most excellent place to learn, IMHO! Either at Jibe City or Bonaire Windsurf Place. They are right next to each other. Jibe City also serves food (very good sandwiches and misc. beverages) while BWP only has snacks.
|By Greg Mullen on Sunday, March 11, 2001 - 12:44 pm:|
Lac Bay is a great place for beginners to advanced windsurfers. I sailed there everday from Feb. 19 to March 5 mostly on a 100 litre slalom board and 7.5 to 6.0 square meter sails. The wind there this time of year is usualy in the 15 to 20 knot range, of course it did pick up after I left. These last few days it has been 20 to 30 knots. Take lots of sunscreen! There is also excellent snorkelling at the reefs upwind of the windsurf beach. FYI - be careful at low tide as some of the sandbars cannot be sailed over without hitting them with your fin. I got launched over the bars a couple of times!
|By Linda Densmore on Sunday, March 11, 2001 - 3:51 pm:|
Thank-you for all the information. My husband has already signed up for Jibe City and I think I'll sign up for some beginners lessons. Good to know about the dark areas and sand bars at low tide. This web sight is great! As to the topless sunbathers I'll inform the kids ahead of time. Should make for some interesting school reports! Three more days until we leave! My husband says thanks for the wind report.
|By Linda Richter - NetTech on Monday, March 12, 2001 - 2:42 pm:|
The windsufers tell me that our wind readings from the protected East coast (http://www.bonairewebcams.com) are about 7-8 mph less than readings from the West side where Lac Bay is. When I was at Sorobon this weekend the winds were incredible. Lots of windsurfers.
|By Greg Mullen on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 - 8:16 pm:|
|By Linda Richter - NetTech on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 - 10:29 am:|
Slight correction: Lac Bay should have more wind since it is on the windward side. The airport is on the leeward side.
|By Corney Ann Carter on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 - 9:25 am:|
We windsurfed at Jibe City for the 7 year in a row from March 4 to March 17. We had two days of almost no wind and two days of 30-40 knots. The rest of the time was in the middle. My smallest sail was 3.3 and the largest was a 6.5. We sailed for 11 days taking 2 days off for low wind and one to snorkel on the Woodwind. The atmosphere at Jibe City is friendly and casual and we meet the same people there year after year. We will be there again next March.
|By Mike Eberhard on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 8:57 pm:|
My wife and I have sailed at Lac Bay once a year for the last three years. The waist deep, clear water and new equipment at Jibe City make it a windsurfers paradise. We usually stay 10 days and sail 7. The wind will vary but we've always had enough to have fun and improve our skills. It is at least more consistent than we experiece in Florida. I'd pack a collapsible (sp) cooler and use frozen bottles of water to cool soft drinks, etc. Lunch, with Denise & Josie, at Jibe City's "Hang Out Bar" is excellent. The local instructor, Peter, is excellent and I've seen novice windsurfers progress to low/high intermediates in 7 to 10 days. It's just an all around excellent location. Ernst and his girlfriend do an great job operating the place and Ronnie is always available to answer questions, change sails and help. Gosh, I can't wait to go back! email@example.com (Mike)
|By Dara Walter on Friday, May 11, 2001 - 6:20 pm:|
I dream of a web cam at Jibe City.........
|By Ann Phelan on Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 7:28 am:|
My name is Ann Phelan and I am the promoter of King of the Cape Freestyle Pro Am. I met the Bonaire Kids/adults March 2001 at Midwinters in Merritt Island FL and invited them to our event.
|By Ann Phelan on Thursday, June 21, 2001 - 6:37 am:|
How is the wind in Dec.??
|By Jake Richter - NetTech on Thursday, June 21, 2001 - 10:10 pm:|
|By Ann Phelan on Friday, June 22, 2001 - 6:27 am:|
Thanks Jake..here it is:
|By Ann Phelan on Friday, June 22, 2001 - 6:28 am:|
Could someone mail me the above newspaper?? Thanks..Annie
|By Glen Reem on Friday, June 22, 2001 - 11:09 pm:|
Will do, Ann. Be back in CT Sunday, the airline gods willing.
|By Ann Phelan on Saturday, June 23, 2001 - 7:57 am:|
Thanks Glenn..HUGS..have fun and check out Eden for me as I head down Dec. 23..Need clean, neat, cheap near windsurfing at Lac bay and pool..hey, why come back..it's going to be HOT in NE. I live on Cape Cod and head to the Gorge to hook up with Bonaire friends and sail Mon.
|By Randy Maring on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 - 7:03 pm:|
Jibe City has a good range of sails. I only sailed one day and started around 1:00 PM
|By Josh Rein on Thursday, July 5, 2001 - 10:23 pm:|
I am a 15 year old kid who is interested in learing how to windsurf. A couple of questions: Is it easy to learn? Whats involved in doing it? and is Bonaire a good place to learn?
|By Corney Ann Carter on Friday, July 6, 2001 - 10:22 am:|
Josh, Bonaire is a wonderful place to learn. The water is shallow so you don't have to worry about falling in deep water and the winds push you back toward shore and not out to sea. You need good instruction to start and Bonaire certainly has excellent teachers. You also have to really like the water because in the beginning you spend a lot of time in it. There is a feeling of freedom and excitement in flying over the surface of the water. I only wish I could have started at our age. Go for it.
|By Ann Phelan on Saturday, July 14, 2001 - 3:44 pm:|
Has anyone windsurfed around XMas? I would love to be on a 6.0 or smaller and sail at least 5 out of 7 days..Annie
|By Ann Phelan on Thursday, July 19, 2001 - 9:13 pm:|
NB7 Everon "Tonky" Frans placed 4th in the Subaru Gorge Games today. GREAT job.
|By Ann Phelan on Friday, August 3, 2001 - 8:46 am:|
What is the wind like this month? Just booked a last minute trip for biz/pleasure and hope to sail every day..any ideas..anyone with a wind meter? Why is there NOT a web cam over at Lac Bay..
|By Mickey McCarthy on Friday, August 3, 2001 - 7:25 pm:|
|By Ann Phelan on Saturday, August 4, 2001 - 8:57 am:|
Thanks Mickey but I wonder if it is windier at the airport vs Lac Bay..I am one of those sick windsurf chics who needs details on the wind. Am coming down the 25th and want windddddd
|By Corney Ann Carter on Saturday, August 4, 2001 - 10:13 am:|
Annie, it should be windier on Lac Bay because it is on the windward side (east)and has no obstructions. The airport is on the west side of the island. Sept. is getting into the low wind time and Jibe City is closed in Sept. Hope you luck out. Corney Ann
|By Ann Phelan on Monday, August 6, 2001 - 4:57 pm:|
Copa Cultimara results (unofficial)
|By Ann Phelan on Thursday, August 16, 2001 - 10:18 am:|
HOLY MACKERAL..check out this site for weather..thanks Brigitte
|By Glen Reem on Thursday, August 16, 2001 - 12:28 pm:|
TKS, Annie. And, for gmichael's language class, the site comes in Papiamentu!!!
|By Brigitte Kley on Thursday, August 16, 2001 - 12:32 pm:|
go to the home page http://www.meteo.an click to open it and everything is in English - at least as far as I can see
|By Glen Reem on Thursday, August 16, 2001 - 6:11 pm:|
It comes up in English, Bridgette, but P is an available option unlike most of our sites. Didn't mean P only. :–)
|By Ann Phelan on Friday, September 28, 2001 - 9:30 pm:|
Any wind lately? Bonaire Regatta in one week and I want windddddd
|By winnie de lange on Saturday, February 23, 2002 - 2:59 pm:|
|By Ann Phelan on Sunday, February 24, 2002 - 5:49 pm:|
Winnie, I just came home today and have rented a lot at Jibe City and The Place. Do not bring your gear..it is a hastle on Air JA or any airline and you cannot on AA. I work with both shops and offer nice packages so please call me at 800-219-0118. We can chat.
|By Henk Schrijver on Monday, February 25, 2002 - 10:51 am:|
|By winnie de lange on Saturday, March 9, 2002 - 4:24 pm:|
Hi guys, sorry for my belated reaction but I was out of town (and counting down the days to B-Day meanwhile). Anyway thanks for your inputs and Ann I will call you end of next week to have that chat. I've been reading through a lot on this talk.com and you must be Bonaire connaiseur #1 !!!
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