Tybee to HH Kite Crossing

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Tybee to HH Kite Crossing

The Tybee Kite crew is toying with the idea to do a crossing from Tybee to Hilton Head Island, or vice-versa (depending on wind, current, etc). They already have some boat support, etc. Aparently one of the issues with more unknowns are the rules and regulations (kite code of conduct) on Hilton Head.

My question goes out to Tim Carter, or any other HH resident familiar with HH rules for kiting. What light can you shed on the rules of beach use on Hilton Head for kiting?

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Rgds,
Emilio

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Emilio - The good news is there are no real rules about kiting on HHI. The kite guys have done a great job of regulating themselves and the occasional visitors who show up with kites. As everywhere, the only real concern is that the kiters try to stay away from the more popular (packed) areas of the beach when launching or landing. Common sense.

HHI to Tybee would be right on something NE to E. SE would be favorable for the other direction. I'd recommend launching about an hour before low tide in either direction in order to take advantage of slack tide and incoming tides. You wouldn't want to be out in the mouth of the savannah River with an outgoing tide and incoming open container ships!

Let me know if you get something going and I'll help coordinate some transportation and stuff from this side. some of our kiters would probably like to join as well. I assume you've talked to Tim @ High Tide . . .

peace s, tc

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I think the best way would be to go from HH to Tybee on a NE. That way you could leave from a single spot on HH and not be landing there at random places, blowing the scene there for the locals. You can land anywhere on the N end of Tybee without much problem. Also NE winds are really predictable. Like Tim Carter says, go close to low tide and make sure there are 0 cargo ships on the horizon.
I suggest trying it with just handful of riders first before having a big group go.
It's pretty quick trip. I upwinded almost half way there the other day.

-Tim
High Tide

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