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It was again cool enough to warrant the full wetsuit, but it was a gorgeous sunny day with crazy much wind -- windy enough that I used a 6.2 m^2 sail -- two sizes below the 8.1 that I usually sail. Actually the wind was so erratic (coming from the WNW as it did) that I spent a lot of time in the water (having been dropped there by the wind suddenly changing direction or dropping to zero). BUT I won't show you those parts. I'll just show you an impromptu planing jibe, on my way to shore to make adjustments, that felt so easy and natural; and one of the longest planing runs I've ever had on this lake.
It was a great day for sailin', warm and windy. First I took my 8.1 square meter sail down to the water, because it usually takes that much to get planing. However, one look at the wind told me I'd probably still be fully powered with my 7.0. Actually with the 7.0 I was over-powered most of the time. See captions.
From May 14th to 17th 1,200 windsurfers made history in Gruissan [France] by taking part in the biggest and most challenging windsurfing race ever in Gruissan. The famous Tramontana was actually blowing like hell on the four amazing but difficult marathon races. Only 862 entrants managed to complete the course at least once over the 4 days! After more than 100 km of racing against competitors and themself in this pretty challenging conditions, Pierre and Marion Mortefon won the competition in front of the biggest names in the sport over the past 20 years. But more than a competition, the Défi Wind is an unique rendez vous where pros and amators meet each others while sharing their passion for windsurfing. Enjoy this video teaser, the full movie will be released soon. ;-)
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.