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Old 30th October 2006, 08:26 PM   #13
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Default RE: Starboard Gemini availablility

Thanks Roger for coming out to Canadian Hole for me. What a great weekend I had!!

All that's left is to try the Gemini with my wife and see if she likes it. I'm sold. I had a blast. Here are my impressions...

First off, my wife is legally blind. She can see shapes and some days even recognize store signs. But she can't see well enough to see boats coming at her or figure out where the dock is to get home. So, the concept of the Gemini is perfect. We can go sailing together (with me in back) and get her to get that sensation of speed -- you know, the one we all felt and have been hooked ever since. And she can go in back with me telling her where we are going, so she is actually driving the boat.

So, while Roger and I were figure out how to sail the Gemini in high winds, I was busy closing my eyes and seeing how stable the board is. We have a winner! It was just what I was looking for. At one point, I had my eyes closed for a minute and a half. The board is so stable you don't even realize you are in pretty rough waters. That was the key test, did I need to worry about how stable the board was at speed... NO.

On our first tack, I was too busy figuring out how things work on a tandem that I forced up way downwind. We tried to sail with the centerboard down, but with that much wind, we found we got more VMG if we left it up. The speed difference was very noticeable. And you really didn't lose much angle either. It didn't take us long to get back to basecamp. So, that was the second test, do you have the ability to go anywhere on the lake. YES!

So, I'm sold. This will be a great board for my wife and me. I am very excited. Now to get a windsurfing trailer large enough to carry it. ;-)
Starboard [Gemini, F-Type 148, iSonic 105], AHD [Convert 60, GT Special 73], Windsurfer
Neil Pryde [v8 9.8], Sailworks [Retro 8.0; Hucker 6.6, 5.6, 4.8]

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