A dry jibe followed by another attempt foiled by loss of power and indecision.
It was another unseasonably warm (like, low 80's F) day. Good thing climate change is a Chinese hoax. I sailed for a while with my 8.1 m^2 rig, but was way over-powered in some of the gusts. Check out the left-hand video.
So I switched to my 7.0, and just then my friend Susan B. showed up. The right-hand video is edited from footage shot when we were both sailing around.
It was a gorgeous, warm, sunny day with a nice little breeze. I got home late in the afternoon and rushed out onto the lake. As a precaution I wore my shorty wetsuit, but it was a bit too hot so I got intentionally in the water a couple of times to cool off.
This is Andy Brandt, my good friend and windsurfing guru, owner and head instructor of ABK Boardsports, showing off and having fun. They will be holding a windsurfing clinic this weekend Friday thru Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct 1 at Extreme Windsurfing, Lakes Bay, NJ. (No, this isn't Sayers Lake. I don't know where this video was shot, maybe Texas or elsewhere.)
Global climate change may or may not be responsible for the current heat wave, but Sunday's hot weather helped this couple get their lesson before the season closes. Three weeks ago they had to cancel because it was too cold and they don't have wetsuits.
They had done a little windsurfing on Lake Michigan 5 years ago, so getting them up to speed went very quickly. In fact, toward the end of the lesson they were comfortable tacking and we had moved on to working on pivot jibes, which almost none of my clients get to on the first day.
On Labor Day (2017--09-04) the air temperature finally exceeded 80F, after unseasonably cold temperatures in the east and record high temperatures in the west (106F in San Francisco!). It was a brilliant, breezy day to boot. Being a big holiday, there was a lot of power boat traffic, sometimes causing what some call "voodoo chop". On this planing run I was interested to see what would happen as I hit that speedboat's wake at high speed. (It turned out not to be such a big deal.) I wasn't sailing very well: I lost ALL my speed in the jibe, but at least I didn't fall off the board.
I spent the last two weeks of August in northern California, not windsurfing but doing other cool stuff. But I did take a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge, from where you can see a lot of boat traffic, including windsurfers, and even a humpback whale.
It was pretty breezy, so I headed down to the lake. To my surprise and delight, there were already four other windsurfers there, all people I hadn't seen in years: Alex and Sveta, who usually sail on Lake Glendale in Prince Gallitzin State Park; and Terry and Tim, who usually sail on Rose Valley Lake or the Montour Preserve. They had all seen the forecast direction of the wind that was pretty favorable for Sayers. The pics below, from GoPro footage from my clew, show each of the other sailors.
Every day windsurfing is a great day windsurfing, plus there were 6 gusts planable with the 8.1 square meter sail I used. So it was windy enough to try a head-to-head comparison of my new Tabou "Rocket Wide" with my old Bic "Techno 2". The videos below show the two fastest runs with each board. They both went 20.8-20.9 mph, but I can't say whether the wind was the same for both runs.
Chloe came back for more. When we started the wind was extremely light, so first we stayed on land and I used the "drag" board (old junk board with no fin) to go over both the quick tack and the pivot jibe. Once on the water, Chloe concentrated on practicing tacking. A threatening thunderstorm forced us to take a 25 minute break, and then some time later the wind surprised us by increasing enough that the 5.0 m^2 sail I'd given her proved a bit too much.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.