It was a seriously windy day, with whitecaps and rolling chop all over the lake. At one point I tried my 7.0 m^2 sail, but it was way too big. I planed clear across the lake hanging on for dear life and heading upwind to try to keep the speed down. A 6.2 was more appropriate, although I didn't get much planing. The wind was SOOO gusty.
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I missed what I think was planable wind earlier in the day, but it was great to finally get out on the water again and just sail around.
I traveled with all my gear down to Hatteras for BABA's semiannual windsurfing sojourn. Although it was October, the air and water temperature was summer-like.
We've had a LOT of rain (the lake had risen to 18 feet above normal summer level) and not much wind, so now the water is back down, it's warm, and there were tornado watches. It thought it was breezy, but the wind was actually very light. Still, every day o' sailin' is a great day.
There was a fairly strong breeze, but it was coming right over Bald Eagle Ridge to the south of the lake, a somewhat unusual direction. As a consequence, there were many gusts strong enough for me to get my front foot in the strap but which didn't last long enough for me to also get my back foot in. The video below doesn't really show that; it just gives an intimate view of the board on the water during a sub-planing tack. (The GoPro got aimed low in one of the many times I crashed in the water as a consequence of sudden loss of wind.)
The last couple of times I've been out on the water I wore my shorty wetsuit, but not today! It was HOT. Had a nice, very consistent light breeze from the southwest. No planing, but hey, every day o' sailing is a great day.
Candace, who had been wanting for years to try windsurfing, and her husband Randall came up from Gettysburg for a lesson. They had a great time and now are looking into buying their own gear. Apologies: 1) the only photography was by my GoPro, mounted on Candy's clew, so Randy is imaged here only incidentally. 2) I carelessly let Candy use a poorly rigged sail with the boom a bit too high. But it didn't seem to impair her in the least. A couple of weeks later they bought a Bic Techno 240 board and a 5.0 square meter rig to use on a lake near where they live.
The day had dawned downright chilly, and it didn't warm up enough to dissuade me from wearing my shorty wetsuit, which turned out to be only a little too warm. There was a pleasant (but not planable) breeze, and coming from the north-northeast, so I decided to sail "upstream" (i.e., southwest) and check out the old railroad bed. See video.
Then Susan and her husband Chris showed up, which is always nice. Susan had windsurfed for years while on vacation at non-windsurfing resorts. Then she took her first ever lesson from me and soon she had bought her own gear. Now she is my most frequent windsurfing buddy.
This is Bill vdB, sharing little vignettes of windsurfing on Sayers Lake, in Howard PA. and sometimes elsewhere.