What is it?
Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines elements of
surfing and sailing. It consists of a board usually 2 to 3 meters
long, with a volume of about 60 to 250 liters, powered by wind on a
sail. The rig is connected to the board by a free-rotating
universal joint and consists of a mast, 2-sided boom and sail. The
sail area generally ranges from 2.5 m2 to
12 m2 depending on the conditions, the skill of the
sailor and the type of windsurfing being undertaken.
Windsurfing is an easily-accessible sport - To get started, you
will need a board and a rig, which is made up of a sail, mast, mast
base and a boom.
When Windsurfing, the rider stands on a stable board, similar to
a surf board, and uses the wind and a sail to propel themself
across the water. The sail is connected to the board by a
joint which enables you to turn the board.
Most modern windsurfers are derived from a
shortboard design, and are intended to be used in “planing” mode
which is where the board is mostly skipping over the surface of the
water, rather than cutting through, and displacing the water.
Planing is faster and gives more maneuverability.
Video - Windsurfing
in 20 -25 knot winds via Plas Menai
||Video - Plas
Menai Trainees out windsurfing on the water
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The On The
Water Weekend took place on the 27th & 28th April 2013
with events taking place Nationwide.
Two of the biggest in the UK are the London Boat Show and
PSP Southampton Boat Show
but there are loads of other regional and specialised shows which
are great too.
On The Water Events!
Over the next 12 months, On The Water will be attending a
series of live events across the regions bringing boating and
watersports to you.
On The Water will be providing water-based activities such
as ‘try-a-boat’ or land-based activity with simulators at events
around the UK.
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