Mark's WindLog for Friday December 29, 2017

54th session in 2017
Rated a 5 of 10

Board: Happy
Sail: New Year

Happy New Year! 

This is just my personal statistical analysis and summary of my windsurfing year for me to reflect on later. I have found it helpful to look back at past year end summaries to gain some perspective on how the wind was for that year and where my sailing is now relative to the past.

I decided to post this early. I worked through the 25th, and I am currently on vacation, but it appears I will be skunked again, unless I want to sail in 40 degree weather. I have had bad luck with good windsurfing weather my last two weeks off from work. One of those weeks was a full week in Maui in October. I may suit up and go out on the 31st, but we will just have to see how desperate I feel.

My session total went down 5 days to 51 total days. Interestingly once again, I sailed the coast more than our local local area lakes. More than twice as much this year. I traveled to Hatteras two times this year, once for the IWT event, and again later in the summer with my family. I also finally went back to The Gorge. As a result, my high wind days (averaging 20+ mph) total increased to 30, just shy of 60%, a new personal high. Unfortunately, no wavesailing days. That is just sad on my part.
 
2017 will standout for many reasons. The most positive was reaching my goal of landing the vulcan. This finally happened in February. I only wish some of my best friends were at the beach that day with me to celebrate. I had hoped to achieve this before age 45. Oh well, how many 50+ year olds can claim to have landed one?
 
On different note, I had another serious injury on a vulcan attempt in August. A grade one Lisfranc sprain of my left foot. It happened just weeks after my brother’s life was devastated by a second, and more serious, ischemic stroke this year. After many weeks in the NICU, he survived but as a result, he is left with severe aphasia and hemiplegia. A family with a 10 year old child, their life now will never be the same. My brother, once a very good windsurfing wavesailor, switched to kiting when he moved to Singapore in the 90s. We just recently sailed together at his place in NC this year in June. I will deeply miss our brotherly sailing sessions on the water. They are some of my most cherished memories that will live with me forever.
 
The last part of 2017 has been hard. Although my foot has mostly recovered, my mind desperately wants me to windsurf more. I have just been very unlucky with the timing of wind and life’s responsibilities of late. I am hopeful that circumstances will change, and I get more chances to escape very soon in 2018. 
 
Peace and more love to all. I wish everyone a healthy and happy 2018.

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