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RS 700 on Lake Charles and Contraband Bayou?

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I've been slowly learning to sail my RS700. Took it out in 15 mph for the first time last weekend, and got out on the trapeze for the first time (took a long time to get just the right wind conditions - not to strong, not too light). 

Anywho, my family is planning a long gambling trip to L'auberge Du Lac up at Lake Charles, on the Contraband Bayou. I'm not much of a gambler, so I'd prefer to take my RS700 and get in a bunch of sailing time while the rest of my family gambles away. But here's the question:

Is it safe to sail on Lake Charles, and Contraband Bayou in particular? I've done an Internet search and it's a mixed bag. Some sources say it's safe to swim. And indeed there's a big swimming beach in front of the hotel right on the Bayou. I also see people water-skiing in the bayou and the lake on all my previous trips to L'auberge. But I've also come across an article here or there talking about alligator attacks near the Lake.

Any locals, or others w/ first hand knowledge, that could clue me in as to whether sailing an RS700 (i.e. lots of capsizes) in Lake Charles is safe?

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5 hours ago, torrid said:

There's a sailing club right by the I-10 bridge.  I see a ton of cats parked there every time I have driven through.

Hmmm ... i wonder if there are any boats that involve a lot of swimming. I'm guessing the owners of those cats don't every really capsize. But thanks for the info. My wife won't like it, but that edges me toward taking the boat out.

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5 hours ago, cad99uk said:

Good to read that your 700 is on the water. How are you finding it?

The boat is FREAKING AMAZING!!! I'm scared to death of it, and have only very recently ceased being absolutely petrified of it in 10-15 mph winds. I mean, I'm still a complete klutz on it in those wind conditions, but I'm confident that in those conditions if I stay relatively close to my launch point, then I'll always be able to recover from a capsize and sail back to my launch point.

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Sounds like you are having fun. Time in the boat is everything. One thing we do in our 29er and RS800 if the wind is gusty is to lift the dagger board by 9 inches or so. Upwind the boat absorbs the gusts more so it is easier to react to them. Downwind steer for balance is less twitchy.

Make sure it is tied on so it does not come out of the casing in a total inversion.

Must be time for one of your videos soon. Have fun.

Regards

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