The West Wind
A Winnipesaukee Sailing Adventure
by Andy Opel
Illustrations by Karel Hayes and John Gorey
Join Jack, Franny, and J.J. in their adventures as they learn to sail on Lake Winnipesaukee! After a couple weeks of classes at the sailing school, the kids go sailing on a blustery day in September and get the chance to return a favor to an old family friend.
About the story
The wind and the water tell us a lot about the weather and every boater should know how to read the wind. When the wind is blowing about ten miles per hour, white caps form on the top of the waves. The white caps grow larger as the wind speed increases.
The west wind is typically a fair weather wind on Lake Winnipesaukee, often coming up in the afternoon and settling down as the sun sets. Sometimes thunderstorms come from the west, like the storm the children faced in The Witches: A Winnipesaukee Adventure.
An east wind often signals a low pressure system and a day or two of rain. Winds from the southwest are usually fair weather winds and signal classic lake days.
Look for all the books in the Winnipesaukee Adventure Series;
The Witches, the 2011 New England Book Festival Gold Medal Winner, and The Weirs for summer stories, The Mansion for spooky fall fun, and The Bobhouse with Christmas at the lake.
About the Author
ANDY OPEL and his family have been coming to the lake for five generations. Heis a writer, filmmaker, and musician who teaches documentary video production and environmental communication at Florida State University. To see his other work visit: www.andyopel.net.
About the Illustrators
Author/Illustrator KAREL HAYES and her son, JOHN GOREY have been collaborating on artwork for most of John’s life. The West Wind is John’s 6th picture book and Karel’s 38th, eleven of which she has written and illustrated—most recently two chapter books.
John lives in Maine with his wife, Lesley, and daughter, Fiona, and their cats. Karel lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Brent. They have sailed often on Lake Winnipesaukee.