Gina, Kevin, Amy and Kat made a donation to Centre County PAWS and took a lesson on Sunday. They are all fitness buffs, but inexperienced with using the wind. Despite the fact that they had to take turns, and that the wind was almost imperceptibly light, they all managed to sail and tack and have fun. (Thanks, Amy, for these great photos with your phone.)
Kerry W., from State College, PA, who had no sailing experience, donated to the American Red Cross and took a lesson this past Saturday. The video first shows some footage I shot from shore the first time Kerry went out beyond the shallows. Then the video shows her in some of the footage shot by a GoPro camera mounted to the back of my boom, as I sailed around on the lake with Kerry. (If the movie plays jerkily, try pressing "play" and then immediately pausing it for a minute or two. When you resume play it should be smooth.)
In appreciation of the environmental work the Sierra Club does, I gave an abbreviated group lesson to members of the Moshannon Group of the Pennsylvania chapter of the club. I put the roof rack on my car, loaded up beginner gear, and traveled to Black Moshannon State Park for their (our, I'm a member, too) summer outing.
This is a far-from-ideal windsurfing location, but three stalwart folks tried windsurfing and succeeded. In fact, nobody fell in the water at all!
We've had some extremely light-wind days, when it was demonstrated you can still learn the basics of windsurfing even in almost imperceptible movement of air. But on August 3 and 4 there were little whitecaps on the water that irresistibly got me out sailing. On Aug. 4 I even used my not-biggest sail, the 7.0, and got great planing runs.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.