Mark's WindLog for Monday September 01, 2008 , 9:00p - 4:00p

37th session in 2008
Sailed at Texas City Levee
Wind from the NNW (mph)
        Lulls: 10
        Average: 24
        Gusts: 30
Rated a 8 of 10

Board: Exocet Cross 117, Quatro Custom Freestyle 140
Sail: 6.2 Severne Blade
Fin: Fanatic Skate 27cm
Suit: Boardshorts
Air Temperature: 97 F

Tried to get some of the wind effects off the edge of Gustav. Forecast was definitely a little better, but I had a very good time and I was glad I went. It had been a very long time since I have been to Houston, especially Galveston Bay, and I had a lot of memories and emotions flood back. I had to keep things in check, but this is a windlog...

I made great time on the drive and got there early. Only one other local windsurfer (not rigged up), and few kites. I was excited, I was finally going get my custom lightwind freestyle board planing today. Wind was @15mph and looked to be filling in nicely, so I rigged the 6.2. The guys at Quatro suggested a 29cm FSW fin for my board. I have a 28cm FSW from my son's JP Young Gun board I have been using. It seems to work fine. I got the board planing, and it felt nice, but I was way outside, and was concerned about a western shift that would send me way downwind to the T.C. Dike. Also, apparently crime is a problem at the launch now. Sad. It used to be when I was growing up, you just had to make sure you didn't offend the local fishermen.

Light winds until after lunch, then, it started to fill in. I have not sailed the bay in a long time. It was fun to see that steep chop again. Mike lent me his 27cm FS fin, and it was great. I really liked the fin, a really nice match for the board. I learned sailing a short fin is not that hard, but the feel is very different, especially gybing. I think it is very good for me. I gets me to sail more upright, use more rail, and I no longer need to worry about bottoming out in shallow water. As the wind picked up, I switched to my Cross 117 with the same fin, and was even better. I love the 117/6.2 combo. Planing gybes, failed ducks. I don't like JJ's super powered in shallow water. I felt like something was going to break (board, boom, ankle).

I also learned today that I may never vulcan. Even with great gear, I am still glued to the water. I am hoping it is just a mental hurdle. Watching Brian and Mike, I was thinking how hard it must be to take it to that next level. I am going to try, I am not giving up, but it is very humbling.

Mike was a gracious host, and Benjamin is growing fast. Gustuv saved my weekend. Cheers.