High Wind Halloween Sail
Temperatures as high as 60F and the highest wind forecast around here in a long while made this a must-get-out-on-the-water day. I didn't really trust the wind forecast, so I rigged a little big: a 6.2. Au contraire, it turned out to be a rare opportunity to practice with my smallest sail, a 4.5, on my smaller board (108 liters.) Click here for a video featuring some heavily redacted highlights. My friend Eric S. came over for some sailing, too, but didn't get videoed. The photos below are stills from said video.
The weather was perfect: temperature a good 70F, and a breeze planable for my 8.1 or even my 7.0 -- but unfortunately on the previous day I had left a patch of skin on Spearing Street (bicycle skidded on loose gravel), and I didn't want to risk infection. However, my friend and sometime windsurfing pupil Susan B. came over for some sailing on her Mistral "Prodigy" and 4.5 square meter sail. She said the water was very cold, so she sailed cautiously. She never fell, never got her hair wet. (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.)
The water was shallow and not cold, but I still didn't want to keep falling off the board, so I used the Baby Board to practice some very simple light-wind freestyle moves.
The Windiest Day of Hatteras Week
Tuesday was hands-down the strongest wind I have ever successfully windsurfed in. I was using my smaller board (108 liters, still too big for these conditions) and my smallest of 5 personal sails (4.5 m^2, still a bit large for this wind).
It wasn't super windy, but enough for great planing with my 8.1 square meter rig. And this jibe wasn't my best, but, hey, it was dry.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.