> Gotta get that family hooked on sailing, or at least on going to the beach. I
> agree that family comes first, but maybe their choices can match yours with a
> little "training".
I held onto my first board (an Equipe) for over ten years in the hope
that my wife might someday learn on it. But she's a beach potato. My
kids, now 8 and 10, are showing an interest though; and getting them into
it would be great. In fact, I took my son along today on a long surveying
circuit of local lakes and launch sites
> The Windsday article starts off with, "I thought my Windsday sailing was over
> when I was assigned to manage 150 people spending $40,000,000 annually on Star
> Wars research. But I developed a plan that got me wet most Windsdays, and it
> should work for you, too." The article is not deep, or thorough, or a
> revelation, but it does offer some encouraging partial solutions to the
I need to find it. Do you have a copy you could fax?
> That's the downside. MAN, but it was irritating to sacrifice some brownie
> points at work, use up a day's vacation time, spend $40 on gas to drive 370
> miles for a round trip to the lake, and get SKUNKED.
I've seen that movie too many times.
> NM can't be MUCH better
> than CO.
Probably not. Most of my semi-serious sailing days were spent in and
around Kansas City. I used to burn up the highway to Lake Wilson (200+
miles west) every chance I got -- sand bottom, reasonably clear water and
clean wind. But I used up a fair amount of time and credit getting
> But the bottom line is that any sport so thoroughly dependent on the weather is
> at great odds with a constrained career and/or a mountainous location. Are
> windier/wetter locations beyond consideration? Salt Lake City (if skiing is an
> acceptable alternative with some windsufing options), San Francisco, Portland,
Not beyond consideration. The question is how to weigh everything in the
balance. That's why I'm taking some time before I jump into the next
> Or my busy friend Greg's solution: he gave up local windchasing in favor of a
> couple of sure-thing destination trips per year.
That's what I used to do. Having babies put a damper on it a little when
the family was along 'cause I always felt like I was abandoning my wife
with all the responsibility -- not to mention having to deal with her
rather narrow-minded view that I ought to want to spend significant
vacation time with her. If you go somewhere where you *know* where and
when the wind is going to blow, then you can plan other activities around
sailing. But, except for Maui, it's never worked out that way for me.
I do take one or two trips a year by myself, and I've thought alot about
picking a windsurfing destination. The problem is that every one else
would want to go too. (I just this week mentioned Bonaire -- not a chance
I'll do it alone.) If, on the other hand, I say I'm going to spend eight
days backpacking in Utah, my wife doesn't offer even a pretense of
interest in going. <g> Maybe if I picked a windsurfing destination where
toilet paper was prohibited .... ?
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I enjoyed it.