What a great afternoon to start the Windsurfing Revolution at Gosford and nice to meet everyone in person, for a number of you it was your first visit with us (Matt, Adrian and Al), and for a few others (Guy and Peter D) welcome back. Also Great to see Peter S again, pity you're still out with injury but we look forward to having you back once you're 100% mended.
It was great to see so many sailboards back at Gosford, the last time I saw that many sailboards at Gosford was back in the 1980's. I even received an email from a local who said he was watching us from his balcony, and he's keen to learn to windsurf and will hopefully be joining us next weekend to at least chat with us.
Al, great to see the new Windsurfer LT and even better to get a ride - Thank you very much indeed. It's easy to see why you're enjoying your new ride, in very testing and tricky conditions it was a pleasure to ride and really feels great on the water. I imagine this board will be a very sweet ride in a 12-20 knot and more consistent breeze. It's easy to see why Johnsy is selling out of these boards so quickly.
Thanks also to Lyndon for bringing a few spare boards, this allowed us to get a few more people out on the water together.
We race at Gosford almost every Saturday through the year, winter racing is very informal/social and everyone is welcome, no matter what board you have. Come along and join in the fun, and even try out some alternative gear from time to time, wether that be a D2, Raceboard, BIC Techno, Windsurfer One design ,Formula board, Foil or even slalom gear. We're happy to set courses to suit whoever turns up. So come join us from midday on any Saturday through winter.
Thanks again to everyone, see you all soon.
Definitely was a great arvo. Thanks again for the board and sail loan Lyndon.
Really good to meet new people out there, and that wind was crazy! I definitely learnt a lot. I could barely move the next day my muscles were so sore.. I had my family watching and laughing at me getting catapulted from the comfort of the sailing club :P
Here's a couple of the boards there, I'm sure someone else has a better photo..
Glad you enjoyed it Guy, you're doing great for someone new to the sport. The fact that you managed to get around that course on Saturday (more than once) is quite an achievement - it doesn't get much tougher conditions than that!
Here's a couple more pics.
The New Windsurfer LT
The New Windsurfer LT
Hi all, I've been slow to post though being busy and just a little tired, Ha. Stole a few extra photos from face book (hope thats ok ).
Thanks Alan for drawing us all together with your new No 1 serial one design. Thanks also for giving us all a demo, despite the extreme conditions. You are either very generous, trusting, or simply very confident that the new board is robust. All the guys are weighing up whether to buy or not. It may well be approaching that critical mass that will drive it forward. I was struggling to get around the course on the old gear but the new one was very managable, and fast. Certainly friendly to 110kg+.
Big Hello to Paul D and Don C who also would have sailed if the conditions were sensible. Congrats to Adrian C returning to windsurfing after many years away despite the crazy conditions. You did amazingly well!
What is it about "Windsurfer One Design"? Week after week we have been sailing MIXED sailboard (race board, foil, D2, windsurfer etc) and always with spare boards on offer, but when its "Windsurfer" the interest is amazing, including people we didnt even know about. And this was organised over about 6 days, just by direct contact, no advertising. Its not just the affordable price ... Im certain.
I suspect the high tech looking mono sails and racing style boards exude a feeling of Grrrrrr.... competition, likely to blast a regular person off the water. Too involved or threatening to invite a regular person to participate.
Well it may look that way, but at Gosford our events are very friendly and social with a place or a handicap for everyone on any gear to participate. We genuinely have loan boards and sails available that are competitive. Its great to know you are going to have fun windsurfing on a saturday no matter what the wind strenght. And that Time On Water will improve your sailing no matter what you preferred context is.
If you are interested post here, or seabreeze email me (heavy1) or john (AUS817)
Good evening all,
Well another Saturday is fast approaching, unfortunately/fortunately the forecast isn't looking quite as crazy as last weekend. In fact it'll be a very mild 5-10 knots.
If there's enough breeze I will hope to be on the Southern side of Gosford sailing club between 12 noon and 12:30pm. Racing from around 1:30pm.
If the breeze doesn't look like it's going to arrive, we may opt to go SUPing, perhaps at another location. If this happens we'll update a post on here of where we are headed.
If anyone is planning on joining us at Gosford on Saturday can you please post here so we know who's attending and if we need to bring any additional gear.