It looks calm now, but in a few seconds I was planing like crazy.
While visiting the Delaware shore, I introduced Alice, Louise and Christopher to windsurfing.
This is Jean-Claude, a friend of my windsurfing friend Pierre, a Swiss airline pilot. Now THAT'S a jibe!!
This State College lady was having her third lesson, sailing all over with aplomb and occasional pointers from me. The International Rescue Committee (http://www.rescue.org/) got the $100 fee. At first it was pretty windy, so I gave her a 3.5 square meter sail, and I showed her what a planing run looks like up close and personal (I failed the jibe attempt). The the wind abated some and she asked for a bigger sail; so I got her the 4.0 Fisher-Price sail.
This lady, from Stroudsburg, got plenty of practice dealing with "light and variable" wind. In her second windsurfing experience ever she sailed all over the place and back to shore under her own (wind) power.
I had given Terry lessons in 2011 and in 2013, but he mostly sails now on Lake Chilisquaque and Rose Valley Lake, so it was a pleasant surprise when he showed up at Sayers yesterday. By the time I got to the lake, the breeze was not enough for planing, but it was still good for sailing around with a friend.
It always amazes me how little wind is really needed to learn the basics. This lady had advanced enough that we could both sail around on the lake, with me shadowing her and giving pointers. The GoPro camera was on my clew some of the time, and on hers some of the time.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.