Following Hoyle and Jim (on first name terms here!) I thought it apt to follow up with the late Arnaud and stunning Jenna de Rosnay.
All comments and suggestions welcome.
We never bothered about the wind force in those days.
So let’s start at the beginning. There was Hoyle Schweitzer and Jim Drake. I won’t even mention the battle that followed after windsurfing took off. Let’s just say that they both brought the sport into being and leave it there. HS was a business man and JD was a an aeronautical engineer. They actually patented it in 1968 (that’s quite a while ago when you come to think of it!). It was in 1973 that Tencate was licenced to start producing the ‘windsurfer’.
If you want to read an interview about all the stuff that went on then you can find it on the www.windsurfingacademy.com site.
What are they doing now? Well I have looked and looked and can’t find anything on what they are actually doing in the ‘here and now’, but probably if not already retired close onto retirement. Correct me if I’m wrong! Just want to say a big THANK YOU to these guys cos just what would our lives have been like without them? Did you ever stop to think about that?
Jenna – well guys eat your heart out. She just has it all – probably every man’s dream (and woman’s too – to look like that is!). She is mid 40’s now but probably looks no older than about 30! She had a rough time losing her husband Arnaud, but is now married once again. Took the following from her site:
‘’Jenna de Rosnay is now remarried to French music entrepreneur Emmanuel de Buretel. In addition to her daughter with Arnaud, she is the mother of three young girls. She now divides her time between islands; an island in Paris, the British Isles, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. Even when she's in town, even when Maui is 24 hours away, water is never far. ‘’
Jenna was once the World Speed queen establishing world records when Weymouth was big on the speed calendar.
Needless to say Jenna became, and still is, a fashion icon. She worked with Dior, Nike, Celine and Sports Illustrated besides being cover girl for Vogue and Elle. She has her own creations now.