Last week I went to the Netherlands to reconnect with relatives I hadn't seen in decades. It turns out that the wife of one of my second cousins is a windsurfer, and they live a short walk from a great windsurfing venue. We made plans to sail together one day, but the weather was just too cold and nasty (sleet, even). But here are some photos and video from that visit anyway.
The Easter Bunny brought me great wind, actually too much to handle for the size sails I had handy. I went down to the lake with my 8.1, saw it was WAY too windy for that, went home and rigged a 7.0, tried sailing that and was overpowered, sat through a fierce rain squall, and in the ensuing lull tried the 8.1...I did manage one dry jibe and an unintentional body drag.
My neighbor Jonathan R. used his drone to get some cool footage of me on the lake yesterday. The wind was not too strong and very erratic, but I still got some nice planing runs. Two of them ended ignominiously, though, the first from an accidental hook-in during the jibe, and the second from an unexpected lull in the wind. It's all captured here, both from Jon's eye-in-the-sky and from my GoPro on the clew.
Finally started windsurfing here at Sayers! I had rigged my 8.1 m^2 sail (biggest and most-used), but the lake was a froth of whitecaps so I was pretty over-powered much of the time. The air was close to 80F but my steamer wetsuit was definitely called for. I stopped midsession to get some gloves, and then quit early because the water is still so cold. However, in another month it should be warm enough to skip the wetsuit.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.