Yesterday I tried something new.. I put the Hobie AI in at a marina very close to where I 40 crosses the Colorado river. The launch is in Arizona and is below Lake Mohave but before Lake Havasu and the marina has access to the Colorado river. I was a little worried about the river current (which probably was fairly strong in places where the river got narrow) but on this day, the winds were 10 to 20 mph and in the opposite direction of the river flow. Topock Gorge is down river from where I put in which could have been an issue getting back to where I started if the wind had shut down but the forecast looked good.. so I went maybe three or four miles down river into the gorge which was upwind but down stream the whole way. Heading back to where I started was all down wind - back up the river - also no problem except for once when the wind got light... but it picked back up.
If the wind had been the same direction of the current.. I probably still could have made it back but a little slower? Or I may have just gone the other direction – up river and up wind to start and then a fast run back to the marina. This is the start of the trip I posted earlier in this thread - from Topock to Lake Havasu and this would be a really fine thing to do with the wind and the current in the same direction.
The first picture is near the marina at I40 where it crosses the Colorado river. I "think" I could have taken that path you can see but didn’t.
The next pictures are down in the Topock Gorge area. I like to pedal.. and I pedaled the whole time which helped handle the current and sometimes fairly high gusts. Wonderful sail plus great exercise!!!!