Mark's WindLog for Sunday November 15, 2020

37th session in 2020
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the NE (mph)
        Average: 17
        Gusts: 28
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: Starboard Foil-X 145
Sail: 5.9 Severne Freek
Suit: Exotop and boardshorts

I went to Mansfield Dam Park for the first time @ 9:00am. The kiters were there. I looked at the boat ramp launch (which they do not use), and I concluded it was not that much better of slog out of that cove to the windline compared to WP, and definitely not worth the equipment carry. So, I drove to Windy Point. I decided to launch from the boat ramp since I was only going to foil. The wind was squirrelly as hell and east until in the channel where it was NE and steady with whitecaps. So, once I made it past the island at the point, the windline was blowing 20+. I guess this was good practice for me, as I hate being overpowered on the foil. I focused on just standing more upright and concentrating on riding the power in the foil while killing the power in the sail in the big gusts. It just feels bizarre to ignore sail power in the gusts.  At one point, I thought my mast base was sliding out of the track after I felt some play at the base during a helitack. I carefully sailed to the island and checked it out, and it appeared fine. I think the play is coming from the quick release connection at the Chinook 2 bolt base. I may need to investigate this later. Overall, I am stoked to get a second day in a row on the water.