Mark's WindLog for Monday December 31, 2007 , 1:00p - 3:30p

40th session in 2007
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the NW (mph)
        Lulls: 12
        Average: 14
        Gusts: 20
Rated a 5 of 10

Board: C145
Sail: 8.5 MS2
Fin: Tectonics Mirage 52cm
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Evolution
Water Temperature: 62 F
Air Temperature: 68 F

I made a critical rigging mistake. I got there right before the front. I rigged the 8.5/C145/Mirage 52cm. By the time I got it to the water the front was arriving. Kimo told me, as I hit the water, he saw there were wind reports in Georgetown of 30 mph. It was holey, but building. I was flying and not overpowered, but I was not having fun. The gybes were slow since the fin and rig were big. There were nice ramps, but I was not going to get airborne with this fin. So anticipating increased wind, I headed in and derigged, changed the fin to a freeride fin, and downsized my sail to 7.5m2. Then the wind dropped and I spent the next hour and a half trying to stay upwind and plane. No airtime, no fun. I should have just changed my fin, I guess. Warm, pretty day anyway and one more before the end of the year. I will take it.