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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Brogborough Breeze – Advantage Hydrofoil

Visiting Brogborough allowed me to watch Sam Barnes trying to extend his technique and skills with his hydrofoil Windsurfing. He came close to mastering a complete gybe while still clear of the water, but found the general lack of wind somewhat exhausting in the heat, having often to pump up the board to break from the water’s grip. The sunshine generally helped me to capture these attempts, but despite the numbers of shots taken, did not result in more shots published on the blog, because without gybes and the like, the general spectacle is not exciting visually, though with just a tad more wind is certainly easier for the participant to keep sailing.
As on many such occasions I found myself taking shots of a pair of dragonflies, and also splashes of colour reflections on the surface from a passing windsurfer. These come in handy providing backgrounds for other images, often for use in cards with emphasis sometimes on visual puns, such as ‘making a splash’, or ‘adding colour’.
There was another sailor sporting a hydrofoil, but I gather its purpose was more about drag reduction than actually lifting the surfboard clear of the water, but though I was hoping to capture this effect, it would seem that the wind was insufficient for the purpose on this occasion, there were also a couple of other strictly conventional windsurfers, and i have included those as well.
I long for more wind, but I fear that when this arrives it will also bring rain which though vitally needed will hardly contribute towards exciting windsurfing images, though should return the colour green to our landscapes in place of the present more autumnal hues.

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