The Original Originator of Windsurfing:
It was surfing that led S. Newman Darby, a 20-something commercial artist and sign painter who had tinkered with sailboats, rowboats and other small watercraft since he was a child, to try to fly through the water with his hands on a sail.
The waves near his home in eastern Pennsylvania, on big lakes and even in the Atlantic Ocean, were considered too small for traditional surfing. So in the late 1940s Mr. Darby began swimming out into the water with a large canoe paddle, hopping onto his surfboard in the face of a brisk wind and holding the paddle aloft — both to pick up speed and, by adjusting the direction of its flat-faced blade, to steer himself toward shore.
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Technical Issue to Halt Record Attempt:
(December 29, 2016) – Sardinian solo sailor Gaetano Mura on his Class40Italia is determined not to abandon his round-the-world record attempt from Gibraltar to Gibraltar. Yet, he is currently having several technical issues hindering the boat’s progress, some that cannot be dealt with on board.
The problems could only be solved by specialists who could make some of the electronics systems on board work again,namely the satellite communication system. The damage, observed some days ago, does not enable Gaetano to get accurate weather forecast gribs: a very serious obstacle to the record attempt as it makes it impossible for Gaetano to set the ideal course and also for sa…
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