Good new for Windsurfers, kiters, Hobie Cat-ers and foilers!

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Sadly, the effects here seem to be muted. When they put wind turbines on the golf course at Lake Lanier Islands, let me know. Biggrin

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I think I've noticed the summer is where winds have improved. "Back in the day" whenever that was, it seemed there would be only a handful of planing days (most pretty marginal) from Jun-Aug. This summer I got foiling at least a dozen days (most marginal, but some pretty good). I was just starting and not far enough along on the learning curve to lower the threshold by going from a slapper to a foiler -maybe next summer. So I think it was taking as much wind to get me foiling this summer as it would have to get planing in the past. In fact, it certainly seemed more difficult in the beginning. (I do think I have improved in that area now though.)

There is no off season.

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I think I've noticed the summer is where winds have improved. "Back in the day" whenever that was, it seemed there would be only a handful of planing days (most pretty marginal) from Jun-Aug. This summer I got foiling at least a dozen days (most marginal, but some pretty good). I was just starting and not far enough along on the learning curve to lower the threshold by going from a slapper to a foiler -maybe next summer. So I think it was taking as much wind to get me foiling this summer as it would have to get planing in the past. In fact, it certainly seemed more difficult in the beginning. (I do think I have improved in that area now though.)

June was the stand out. July and August reverted to the usual. June had one of those severe dippy-dippy jet stream things which sat over us for about 6 weeks. Current science suggests that the jet stream is getting more perturbed than in the past because of AGW.

You were doing pretty durn well on the foil this summer. It's easy to forget those were days where we'd drive through the parking lot at Van Pugh, say, "Meh" and drive back home. Maybe it's because the wind was pretty SW the last couple of times but the water in front of VP looked like absolutely nothing was happening and I still turned in two amazing sessions. #allhailfoil #annoyingfoilguy

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I had 5 days in August used 5.0 on 2 of them. I used 6 and 7 as well.

I looked at my "Back in the day" spreadsheet and here is what I found. No. of "good" days I sailed in June, July and August from 2004-2014:

June 3.4
July 2.6
August 2.1

These were just the days I actually sailed and noted as "good or better days" and some (maybe even many) were not planning days or were just marginal planing days. Often big sails too (7-9.6). Of course, there is always the possibility that I just went out more days this year because I had new toys. However, I went out a last year and seemed like we some pretty windy days as well.

Finally, I studied various kinds of weather data for many years for my work. One thing became obvious to me - weather data is highly variable. There have been 10 or 20 year periods where variables like average annual temperature varied by more than one standard deviation from a very long (100 years or so) averages. It is almost impossible to discern what is "normal weather data." I would not be at all surprised if the authors of study in question decided in a few years they were Fooled by Randomness (and I may be as well) and there is no upward trend in wind strength.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fooled_by_Randomness

There is no off season.

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I do not want to jinx the forecast and its a little early yet but we might want to get our weekend chores done before this weekend.

Just in case...

#noexcuses, #iwannafly

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Really, it seems to me the wind has gotten better since Langdon came along. Yes 3

There is no off season.

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Really, it seems to me the wind has gotten better since Langdon came along. Yes 3

You should take a trip with him. It usually blows off the chains.

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webguy wrote:
Randy wrote:

Really, it seems to me the wind has gotten better since Langdon came along. Yes 3

You should take a trip with him. It usually blows off the chains.

You mean like this:

There is no off season.

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