All Santa Cruz sailing spots are within the so-called 'Red
Triangle'. There are several species of shark and most are harmless. Blue
Sharks and Thresher sharks get quite big. Blue Sharks get to six or seven
feet and could inflict serious damage but no one worries about them. White
Sharks on the other hand are BIG. Big as in REALLY BIG. Considering
how big they are and how many big teeth they have, its amazing that more
than half the known attack victims have survived. One victim described
a Great White as like a '57 Buick coming at you with the hood open!
The Santa Cruz Surf Museum located in the lighthouse at
Lighthouse Point has a small display related to shark attacks. One item
is the surf board on which Craig Rogers was sitting when he was 'investigated'.
The board sustained damage but he escaped with only a few stitches in his
hands. The other display is of a wetsuit worn by Eric Larson who required
over 600 stitches after his memorable experience at Davenport Landing.
Here are some pictures of Big
Kelp grows in abundance around Santa Cruz and likes water
up to 40 feet deep. It is home to many California Sea Otters and is a sure
sign of the cleanliness of our water. Kelp beds keep wind chop off the
nearby water and create fantastic speed zones. They also cause lots of
problems for sailors who get stuck in it. If you have a weed fin, or even
a wave fin, you can sail through it with a little practice. If you get
stuck in kelp, turn around and take another tack. Don't fight it.
Sailing full speed into kelp with a blade fin is something
not to be missed, at least not by the spectators! Most people believe that
the big sharks never come into the kelp beds or shallow water. Its not
true, ask Eric Larson!
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