THE sun is out and the trees are bending – it must be time again for windsurfing!
The Inverloch Windsurfing Club officially kicked off the sailing season two weeks ago, with strong south-westerly breezes and smooth conditions.
For many club members, windsurfing is a year-round obsession, but for some beginners the windsurfing ‘season’ occurs from October to April, when the sea breezes start to appear and the land warms up.
The club runs activities through the summer season that cater for all skill levels.
This includes GPS speed sailing and racing, group sailing, training, social and family events.
As part of the event calendar, the club will run a Discover Windsurfing Day on Sunday, November 13 at 10am at the Angling Club beach at Cuttriss Street, Inverloch.
The aim of the day is to introduce the general public to the thrills and spills of windsurfing.
The day is part of Yachting Victoria’s Discover Sailing initiative, which sees sailing clubs from across the state open their doors to first time participants.
“The aim is to encourage members of the public to get out on the water, and have a go at something different,” IWC president Dan Poynton said.
“We tend to find that once people get on a board and learn the basics, the windsurfing bug takes over.”
Participants will not be thrown into the deep end either.
The club’s qualified coaches will be around on the day to assist with skills and techniques.
Participants will have access to the club’s extensive range of learner boards and sails, and along with some basic coaching assistance, most will get sailing within a short period of time.
Places are limited and participants need to register for the event via the events section of the website at www.inverlochwindsurf.org.au
Give windsurfing a go