A man in his early 50's and his two sons in their late teens had never sailed anything before.
Yesterday I gave a first windsurfing lesson to a 71- and 41- year-old father-son team, in stronger wind than we usually have for beginner lessons. We got too busy for pictures.
Then today the wind picked up some more to where it was irresistible. I was planing most of the time. I made sure to attach the GoPro to my clew. Here are the resulting 70-second video and selected still frames:
This young lady had never sailed anything. She learned the basics of windsurfing (uphauling, sailing, steering, tacking) in one afternoon without once falling off the board. The still pics and the video are all from the GoPro camera I'd attached to her clew.
Under the helpful auspices of Matt Truesdale, the Environmental Ed Specialist at Bald Eagle State Park, I gave a micro-lesson to about 20 people, including (for many) trying out the Baby Board with the Fisher-Price sail. All . No pictures; we were too busy having fun. Sadly, a bunch of little kids didn't get to try sailing because I hadn't broughtmy 2.0 m^2 rig along.
Because of a forecast of higher than usual wind, four of us showed up to sail Sayers. As it turned out the breeze was lighter than advertised, but it was still a lovely day. I did get planing a couple of times with an 8.1 m^2 rig.
Breezy Day on Sayers Lake
After lunch I noticed whitecaps on the lake. Joy! I sailed about 1.5 hour, planing most of the time, slightly overpowered except for a few non-planable lulls. Later, Terry R., whom I gave his first lesson exactly 2 years ago, showed up and sailed around for a while in the slightly diminished wind.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.