>I started boardsailing about 10 years ago - I have a Windglider
>(remember those? Please don't laugh!) I was quite active for about
>4-5 years. I used to frequent Coyote Point - Shoreline didn't exist then.
>After a hiatus of a few years, I want to get back into it, checked out
>Shoreline a couple of weeks ago, and had a good time, but I would really
>like a lighter/faster board. I don't want a short board; what boards are
>out there that would suit the kind of sailing I want to do - Shoreline,
>Coyote etc I'm thinking that something in the 9' area would be right for me.
>I also need info on rigs/sail sizes etc
Decide what your goals are for the next 2 years and how much time you can
spend at a sailing site waiting for the "right conditions" for the equipment
If you are like some of us who find pleasure in being on the water and not
spending many hours sitting and complaining about the lack of wind or its
blowing from the wrong direction etc, I recomend the following solution
based on more than 12 years of windsurfing, the last 3 in the Bay area.
If you plan to sail at Coyote I would recomend you start with a board like
the Mistral IMCO (if money is no object an Equipe XR) with a 7.4 and a 6.6
sail (Money no object buy the equivalent sizes from Waddell). With this
combination you can join in the racing with Fleet 18 and the Friday
series at the ST.Francis Yacht Club.
Once you have mastered all the skills of planig, gybing, waterstarting etc
consider buying a shortboard for those days when the conditions are "right".
You will have more fun and spend more quality time on the water with a
course board. If you want to try my IMCO some afternoon at Coyote I'm
easy to find my sail number is 940.