offers windsurfing (the most challenging and (IMO) exhilirating form of sailing)
from scratch and learn to do (BY DOING with a coach)
all required to:
- identify parts of sailing rig, board (Parts Illustration | Self test) and related gear
- determine wind direction and approximate strength by senses and weather indicators
- identify 'No Sail' zone in wind pizza (or clock). Identify potential beam reach bearings on course
- rig sail (Sailworks Retro rigging video) and board for existing weather and skill conditions
- demonstrate understanding of center of mass and base of support concepts to handling sailing rig on land and board
- mount board in both shallow and deep waters
- from atop board - position feet (and reposition if necessary) to form a "T" with mast
- turning shoulders left and right around spinal column pull on uphaul line to lift rig from water
- tilt mast of rig left/right to turn the board clockwise or counter-clockwise as desired
- attain AND maintain balance in the neutral position - straight arms and straight body using the rig as a counterbalance to your body
- transition (footwork and handwork) to the power position (- both feet to the rear of mast base - forward hand on mast) on windward side
- press elbows downward to exert force on mast base
- balance rig's center of mass (CM) over mastbase and sheet-in / out as needed to get underway
- sheet-in and sheet-out to increase and / or decrease power in sail
- anticipate forward movement and the law of inertia - and keep rig forward as you get underway
- 'pop sail' to force rig into proper airfoil shape (concave on windward side)
- perform 'S' sailing pathways alternating turning board upwind and downwind using sail tilts forward and aft
- execute turns upwind (tack) to port and starboard to follow a desired course
- execute downwind (jibe) port and starboard to follow a desired course
- in knee to chest deep water manipulate rig and board to position them for uphaul and / or beachstart - includes;
- carrying rig (mast leading) towards wind
- flip sail when crossing windline (boom hand to mast, mast hand to opposite boom)
- grasp boom (angle 1) and mast (angle 2) to form a triangle with mast base (angle 3).
- push or pull mast base to move board around your position.
- in knee-deep water perform stand-up beach start
- return to launch area.
this performed on a large high buoyancy board that makes for raft-like
stability and accelerated learning.
coaching provided by Steve Bonham, a calm, patient, experienced (50+
years sailing) and friendly skipper with current ASA certifications.
Windsurfing lessons are offered (dependent upon weather conditions)
at a shallow and flat water location (usually in the
Coon Key shallows) with favorable winds. Lesson includes land/beach and on-water training.
Uphauling like a pro!