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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Learn to Windsurf - All Summer Long!

In a new move for 2008, the club is holding Learn to Windsurf events throughout the summer.

The warm-up event was April 26, where our president, vice president, and several other members taught adults and children alike on a lovely afternoon. Our new rigs of Starboard Starts and Ezzy sails are really paying off for our students.

Our main event of the year, the Learn to Windsurf Festival, was held on May 31 and June 1 this year. As in previous years, we had Roger and Ellen leading our clinic with their fantastic teaching skills. This year, we were blessed with breezy winds, about 10-15 mph.

With 4-5 students per hour from 10-2, the club introduced lots of new people to the sport. Roger's towing method keeps the instructor close to the student at all times, so the instructor can coach and the student observe at close range to see how it is done. We also signed up several new members in the process. Check out the photos.

Big thanks to all the volunteers (too many to name here) that worked hard to make the all these events a great success, including barbecue, gift bags, registration, set up, tear down, coaching, and smiling faces.

But the club is not resting. On June 28, the club hosted 18 students on a hot, but windy day. Notwithstanding white caps beyond the buoy line, our water couches brought the new sailors through their first time on the water. Look for announcements for the remainder of our Learn to Windsurf days later in the summer.

Don't forget that Mike S hosts our Thursday evening sessions for new sailors. Of course, all club members are welcome to sail, hang out, and even lend a hand. Mike announces details on this email list:


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