Windsurfing & Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Michigan
Wow all these great sessions happening unfortunately mid week lately. Brooke took the day off work yesterday and we travelled up to Rondeau Bay together, leaving home around 8 am with the temps already approaching high 80 something.
Once at the bay with winds blowing in the 20's we both rigged 6.5 and I on my 90 litre board and once in the water planned out immediately. I sailed farely well powered, progressing upwind for about an hour but soon I could feel myself losing ground upwind. I took a long blast across the bay, but as I neared the opposite shoreline I could feel the wind ebbing quickly, not even enough for a planning jibe at this point it was just get around and slog back. Once back to the starting point I could see the wind had backed off considerably, Brooke at this point had his kite pumped up and was ready to launch, which I did for him. A few more sailors had shown up by this time and were quite perturbed to have missed it, as it was only 11 am. A few guys started to go out as you could feel the wind beginning to come back a bit. I was dying of thirst at this point and took a small break for a bite to eat and some water.
It wasn't long before the guys that had gone out just a while earlier were planning and so out I went for another session. Around 1 I knocked off for a bit more water and something to eat again (amazing how fast food is used up in your system when you sail), then re-rig to a 5.5 and back out again for yet another fully lit session for about 2 hours. All in all great day again with at least 12 windsurfers and at least as many kiters. We knocked off and packed in around 4 and I am sure there were people still showing up after we left.