Windsurfing/Kayaking

2017 Windsurfing Program will comprise of at least 4-5 practice/learn sessions to be held on Saturday afternoons and some extra Wednesday evenings throughout the season.  A participation fee of $100/season or $25 per session is required to help offset the cost of equipment.   Start date will be June 11 and run through to August.  The purpose of this program is to introduce the sport to beginners and help advance the skills of previous participants.  Specific dates will be posted on this website on the home page.  Please bring a Personal Flotation Device and preferably a wetsuit, watershoes or old running shoes, change of clothes.  Please also download the windsurf registration form, print it and fill it out and bring it along.

A multi skill level kayak and SUP clinic will be held on Sunday June 18th starting at 9am.  All equipment will be provided by Lethbridge Kayak company as well as instructors.  There will be a fee depending on which level you participate in.  Contact Larry or Betty VanPypen for information and a spot on the list.  403  378  4211  There is a fee for this clinic.


NSC Kayaks

NSC recently purchased two sit-in kayaks for members who would like to try out kayaking or improve their paddling skills. There’s a 13 foot Necky with a rudder and a 12 ½ foot Tsunami along with kayaking PFDs and other safety gear. Larry & Bette will have the kayaks available certain Wednesdays (6-8pm) and Sundays (1 -4 pm) weather permitting.  Learn basic paddling skills, practice wet exits and re-entries, bracing and rescues. Once you have some experience, these boats are great for exploring the shoreline and marshes in the lake. Adults and kids are welcome to take part in the instruction using club equipment or their own.  For beach play, please use sit-on top kayaks only.



 

 

 

Previously

The 2015 windsurfing program will comprise of 4 or 5 clinic days this season and on wednesday nights some of the windsurfing equipment will be available for members.  The club will acquire some more windsurfing equipment this spring.  Saturday May 30th is set for the first windsurf clinic.  This is wetsuit season so dress appropriately.  In the past non members have been able to take part in the windsurfing clinics and Wednesday nights provided they donated a $100 to the club.  We would welcome non-members again this season for the windsurfing program.

 Four Saturday afternoons during the 2014 season were hosted with a good number of windsurfers participating and the weather co-operating with good on shore winds.  The club equipment was available for use at this time.  The club has retained one Bic Techno 293 with an assortment of training sails and a 5.8 One design rig to be used to introduce the sport to interested participants.  The hope is that these participants will go on to purchase their own equipment and attend the hosted clinics to further work on their skills.  The plan for 2015 is acquire a few more boards and a couple more windsurfing rigs to round out the sizes and allow skill progression. One Bic Techno 293 One Design sailboard, One Bic Core 293D sailboard, One Bic Core 160D sailboard, One Wind Obsession 125 Li sailboard, two 3.2 Bic Nova sail rigs, one 4.5 Bic Nova sail rig, one 5.5 Sail Rig, one 5.8 Bic Techno one design sail rig and one 6.5 Bic sail rig is the equipment list.    

The easy to learn on sailboard Bic Techno 293 One Design is combined with small training rigs to enable the novice to quickly gain confidence and learn to sail the board in a very short time.  A small fee is required to participate and this program is open to everyone.  For those returning to this year's windsurfing program the focus will be to enhance those skills learned at last year's program.  Kayaks are offered for use when there is not enough wind to windsurf.


An introduction to the sport of windsurfing was started spring 2012.  The very good all round sailboard, the Bic Techno 293 One Design with small sails enabled a lot of people to begin to windsurf within a short time.  Over the season a number of individuals continued to work on their beginner windsurfing skills with this board.  Two 3.2 sq. meter training sails enabled kids as young as 8 and adults to easily begin to learn the basics.  A larger 4.5 sq. meter sail was available for most of the season as was two 5.8 race sail rigs.  We had a few people buy some windsurf equipment and begin to regularly windsurf and advance their skills.  The club has some basic storage space for windsurf equipment.  Some possible future developments may include a larger variety of sail sizes as well as developing secure storage for sailboards, kayaks and other learning tools.   We had 5 competitors entered at the Prairie Wind Regatta introducing competitive windsurfing with this class sharing the optimist course and close to shore.  If you are interested in more information let us know.

           
                                       





   








Kayaking also has a following at Newell Sailing Club with a few members dedicated to this non powered water activity.  Larry and Betty helped to spear head interest by their regular attendance on Wednesday evenings and some nights there were 4 or 5 kayaks on the water for short excursions up the lake to the dam and back.  Later in September a kayaking clinic was held with good attendance.  In 2015 a kayaking clinic will be set up for Friday July 3.  There are 24 spots available so contact the club, Larry or Betty Van Pypen for more information.