Golden Gate Windsurfers
I spent the last two weeks of August in northern California, not windsurfing but doing other cool stuff. But I did take a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge, from where you can see a lot of boat traffic, including windsurfers, and even a humpback whale.
Five Windsurfers at Once
It was pretty breezy, so I headed down to the lake. To my surprise and delight, there were already four other windsurfers there, all people I hadn't seen in years: Alex and Sveta, who usually sail on Lake Glendale in Prince Gallitzin State Park; and Terry and Tim, who usually sail on Rose Valley Lake or the Montour Preserve. They had all seen the forecast direction of the wind that was pretty favorable for Sayers. The pics below, from GoPro footage from my clew, show each of the other sailors.
Every day windsurfing is a great day windsurfing, plus there were 6 gusts planable with the 8.1 square meter sail I used. So it was windy enough to try a head-to-head comparison of my new Tabou "Rocket Wide" with my old Bic "Techno 2". The videos below show the two fastest runs with each board. They both went 20.8-20.9 mph, but I can't say whether the wind was the same for both runs.
Chloe Practices Tacking
Chloe came back for more. When we started the wind was extremely light, so first we stayed on land and I used the "drag" board (old junk board with no fin) to go over both the quick tack and the pivot jibe. Once on the water, Chloe concentrated on practicing tacking. A threatening thunderstorm forced us to take a 25 minute break, and then some time later the wind surprised us by increasing enough that the 5.0 m^2 sail I'd given her proved a bit too much.
The fee went to Clearwater Conservancy.
Chloe Practices Tacking from whvdb on Vimeo.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.