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Boardsailing

Boardsailing

This relatively new but exciting sport has become more and more popular over the past few years. It, like all other on-the-water activities, can have its dangers.

You first learn the concepts of board sailing from an experienced instructor. When you are just beginning to venture into the water, do so in a small, confined area in light weather. Heavy winds may be fun for speed, but the effort it may take to get you back to the place you started may be exhausting. Don’t overdo it.

Be sure to have a tether attached to the board in case you fall off. This allows you to get to the board prior to its drifting away from you, possibly faster than you can swim.

Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD when board sailing even if you are a good swimmer. Because of the strenuous nature of the sport, you may become exhausted easily and you could get cramps that interfere with swimming. If you find yourself tiring, take down the sail, furl it around the mast, lie on the board and paddle back to safe harbor.