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Jim Drake, Father of Windsurfing, has died.
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airwave



Joined: 29 Jun 2000
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I owe debt of gratitude to Jim for his work. It changed my life.
I did not know it until tonight but he lived only 30 or so miles from my home in North Carolina, apparently Pfafftown, NC. I wish I could have met him
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dsgrntlxmply



Joined: 16 Jun 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jeff_bennett64 wrote:
Drake's paper, "Wind Surfing - a new concept in sailing", is a good read, with clear descriptions and drawings. It's available as a free PDF from Rand:
http://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P4076.html

Karen


Amusing: "[t]he 56 sq ft [5.2 m^2] sail is about all that a strong man can handle in 12 to 15 knot winds." Perhaps this explains my troubles yesterday with a 5.0 in what turned out to be 26 knot gusts.

Board cited as typically weighing 50 pounds, sail 20 pounds.

"It may be obvious at this point that wind-surfing requires the development of certain unique skills."

Having grown up in part in Santa Monica, I love that this came from an actual engineer, and at RAND of all places. I knew that I liked this sport, and now I know more about why I do.
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edscott



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can someone ban this spammer?
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steve1



Joined: 30 Apr 1998
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Location: Alameda, CA

PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad that he passed and what an incredible contribution he made.
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royce



Joined: 23 Sep 1997
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ride on Jim Drake you have changed many lives.
Thank you
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Donnie



Joined: 16 Jul 2012
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Humble thanks Jim for all you have blessed us with.

May the wind be at you're back and the countless smiles your creativity co-created guide you home....
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