Mark's WindLog for Sunday October 05, 2008

41st session in 2008
Sailed at BIB
Wind from the SE (mph)
        Lulls: 13
        Average: 18
        Gusts: 25
Rated a 6 of 10

Board: Quatro Custom Freestyle 140
Sail: 7.5 Severne Gator
Fin: Fanatic Skate 27cm
Suit: Boardshorts

It was a very nice sailable day. Planing was pretty easy. Staying upwind was a beach. I tried so hard to sail as close to the wind the majority of the time without spinning out, but I ended up further and further downwind despite tons of mast foot pressure and only tacking. It was frustrating, since planing was pretty easy. Gybing seemed more fun than usual the rare few I snuck in. I once ended up so far downwind at one point I wondered if I could get back. I was in an area of BIB I had never sailed before and Worldwinds seemed forever upwind. I decided to shlog it back, despite the planing winds, burying the windward rail. That worked, but it was a long shlog. I guess the fin is just too small for the sail in early powered conditions.

On a positive note, my new CC machine rules. Nobody there to show it off to. Gear (140 and 117liter boards, 4sails 5.3-7.5m2, 460 and 430 masts, and 170-230 boom) fits in easily, and I even have better driving visibility than my old minivan. 37mpg down, 45 mpg back. I used cruise control the whole way down only, but wind was probably the biggest factor. I freaking love this car so far.