For months it its been blowing strong easterly winds and I have a mental block that I can't sail in those conditions, which was part of my reason for signing up. Day one of six saw some of the windiest weather on Island so far this year (and trust me it's been blowing). Naively, here I'm all smiles as I've not yet been on the water! Do you see that little 3.2 of a sail....well guess what, Shawna said I should have been on a 2.5 to handle to 40mph gusts!
Conditions dictated that it instantly became a 'high wind' clinic. Shawna and Matt demonstrate the crunch, the stance which transmits power to the harness and this along with staying low quickly became the focus of everyones sailing. Those bastards make it look so easy on land and water!
Many participants had flown in for the clinic and were excited that their kids got to see a rainbow or two whilst on holiday. Driving home I reflected on just how prevalent they are and how lucky I am that my backyard is a big windsurfing playground.
So here's the thing....which you dick about in the shore break, that's where all the rocks and coral collect and get tumbled around in the energy of the waves. It's super easy to get cut and or bruised, I succeeded in doing both on day one, hence the duct tape toe condom.
For the first few days I spent a lot of time on land because the wind was so farking gnarly, more flailing than sailing.
And I wasn't alone.....the wind took its toll on everyone so there were many volunteers for 'fins off' land practice.
As Shawna said, there's nothing like high or low wind to show up your weaknesses. So for me, everything was on the edge, conditions, ability, emotions, physical and mental output. This cheeky minor had clearly graduated with honors from its own survival clinic, as he just flew and hopped up to all of us and grabbed the free food.
Not even the towel could escape the sandblasting conditions.
Boldly going nowhere!
Determined and full of new information I set sail.....though don't let the smile fool you, this is T-minus ten minutes to tears!