On a nice long reach across the lake, I passed by a couple of youngsters in kayaks just as I lost the wind.
Jane P. came up from Reading, PA for two afternoons of windsurfing instruction and tips on rigging the ancient gear she had bought cheap. We worked on tacking and pivot jibing, which she mastered quite quickly. The next item on the agenda would be beach starts but the breeze was too light to work on those. On Day 2 she sailed a bit on the new-to-her old Bic Melody, but she reverted to the "Baby Board" so as to spend less time falling into the water.
It was too windy for the 8.1 m^2 sail I usually use, and even too windy for my 7.0. So I rigged my old 6.2 and put it on my Bic Techno (now the smaller of my two go-to boards) and hoped it would be just right. It was!
It turned out to be another great day o' sailin'. The water's still cold enough that I ditched my shorty wetsuit in favor of a full wetsuit. When I finally got on the water, there was a long (20 minutes?) lull that had me ready to quit, but then for the next 1.5--2 hours there was a breeze punctuated by occasional short, plananble gusts.
I took the opportunity to compare my old standby Bic Techno board to the new (to me) Tabou Rocket Wide I've just bought. I actually got some better rides on the Techno, but that may have been due to better gusts. I still need to get used to the Tabou, plus I need to try different footstrap positions.
I was using a new, voice-activated remote control of the GoPro, which didn't work perfectly. These two short videos show about half of the total planing that occurred during the 2-hour session. I was never planing long enough to want to think about attempting to plane through a jibe (except once that the camera didn't catch).
I went down to the North Carolina Outer Banks (Cape Hatteras) for a week with BABA. Over 40 windsurfing enthusiasts in 6 rented houses on Pamlico Sound.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.