Susan Sailing October 29
We've already had temperatures down to freezing, but yesterday was another anomalously warm day (72F or more). And there was great wind forecast. Well, the big wind never came so I didn't bother to suit up, but my friend Susan did a little sailing anyway. In the video she does a nice tack.
Sailing the Flooded Lake
Overnight from October 20--21, we got a major rainstorm that caused Bald Eagle Creek and others to flood, displacing maybe 200 people living in low-lying areas of Milesburg and Howard Township and causing Sayers Lake to rise by many feet. On the morning of Oct 21, the lake was full of floating leaves, sticks, logs, and whole dead trees. But by October 25 all the debris had been blown onto shore and the water level was going back down. The Sun came out and the temperature edged up in the direction of 60F, plus there was a nice, planable breeze. Scroll down to see the 2-minute highlight video.
Mary's Second Lesson
Mary's first lesson took place on September 10th, but because of a hard-drive failure I never posted a blog entry about it. She wanted another lesson because she said she was just starting to get the hang of windsurfing. October 19th is pretty late for a lesson, but Mary was able to borrow a wetsuit, and as it turned out the weather was anomalously warm, so temperature was not an issue at all.
The video below consists of 5 minutes out of a total of 90 minutes of recordings. At first you'll see Mary having trouble because of holding the sail sheeted in too much, but then she corrects that. Turn up your sound and you'll be able to hear what we say.
It was an anomalously warm day (lower 80's F) and, for a couple of hours, very windy. One gust in particular was way too much for my 8.1 m^2 sail. I could not hold the board down on the water. After this spectacular crash I rigged down to a 6.2 and started wearing a helmet. My friend Susan was there and saw the crash. Much later, after the wind had subsided, she took the 3rd and 4th photos.
I spent just 42 minutes on the water, which included a bit over a minute of planing, in four separate runs, the fastest of which reached only 13.8 mph. But still, it was a beautiful, sparkling, sunny session.
Light Breeze the Next Day
Still in Dewey Beach, Delaware. I did some light-air sailing before packing up and heading for home. The first video shows fellow BABA member Dave T. and me. The second video shows ABK instructor Tom Lepak practicing a slew of light-air freestyle moves.
I was supposed to be on Hatteras Island this past week with BABA, but Hurricane Matthew nixed that. I did make it to Dewey Beach, where it was still pretty windy on Monday. I never did try any planing jibes, because I chickened out.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.