Mark's WindLog for Thursday April 02, 2009

24th session in 2009
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the WNW (mph)
        Lulls: 11
        Average: 25
        Gusts: 39
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: RRD FSW 110
Sail: 5.3 Severne Blade
Fin: MFC Freewave 31cm
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Psycho 2
Water Temperature: 62 F
Air Temperature: 71 F

What a weird day. The wind was all over the place and, I think most of it was just above the main body of my sail. In the future, I may avoid Lake Travis on a west wind. Unfortunately, I had to work all morning, so traveling to Lake Buchanan or Canyon Lake was not an option. Ramps were definitely there on port. Super steep. Nothing to speak of on starboard. The windiest spot, ironically, was the flat shallow water of the vulcanatorium between the two points. I don't know if it was the warmer water, but the wind seemed to be reattaching itself coming over the point. Maybe it was being funneled in some manner. That was where the strongest gusts were all day, and some of them were mast bending strong. Most of the time the water of the main channel looked windy, but it was often tough to really get going. Extreme on/off.

I had an ariel faceplant today. I came up to three steep waves on port tack and their periodicity was short. If I was good, I would have jumped the first one straight over the remaining two. Instead, I wussed out. I barely jumped the first, landed with a lot of speed into the trough of the second, and then totally got airborne and forward (perfect for a loop...if I had thought it through) high into the air. Next, I catapulted forward and hit water with the left side of my face with my feet trailing behind still attached to the board. Wow, water can really hurt. I lost sensation to the left side of my face for while, my lip felt swollen, and I kept checking my vision out of my left eye. No wonder people can break their eardrum trying loops. I need to have my testicles descend some day.

All in all, it was a really pretty day and I was thankful to be sailing some of my smallest gear. I was lucky it happened on my afternoon off. I just know, that somewhere the wind was set up just right. I had to work hard for it today, but any day sailing, is a great day...