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Windsurfers


Windsurfing is a 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 3.0 to 12.0 square meters depending on the conditions, the skill of the sailor and the type of windsurfing being undertaken.  By comparison, the standard Laser sail is 7.0 square meters.  It is not uncommon for windsurfers to exceed speeds of 15 knots when planing.

The WYC offers windsurfing classes and gear for beginning through advanced sailors.  Our fleet of boards includes the BIC Techno, Mistral IMCO, Mistral Superlight-I, Starboard Start, BIC Samba as well as many other boards.  Our sails range in size from 3.0 to 12.0.  We sail on Union Bay, and on Lake Washington off of Magnuson Park and Sail Sand Point.  Classes are open to all members.

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