L Bell McFancyPants's WindLog for Thursday June 23, 2022

9th session in 2022
Sailed at The Hatch, WA
Wind from the W (mph)
        Average: 28
Rated a 10 of 10

Board: '? RRD Wavetwin 66
Sail: Combat Fly HD 3.2
Fin: 2 small fins
Suit: Full

So this happened...

I was jibing on the outside swell and my universal disconnected from my board which shot downwind leaving me with the rig. In the typical Hatch size swell I could not see the board at all. I panicked for a split second, but then decided I was closer to the Oregon side of the river (I also did not want to cross the main ripping current) and started swimming that way with my rig tied by the sail cap extender to my harness. 

Soonish, Karl thankfully saw me and stopped to help, but with such a strong current we decided I should just continue swimming and he would inform Buck of my whereabouts. Off he sailed...but then Scott stopped and as we discussed the options, JP swung by and simply asked "where's the board?"

Now I will use McFoxy's words to tell the rest of the story...

We were all searching for your board and then i saw JP swimming like Michael Phelps trying to get your board to you. 
He was a long ways from you!

He somehow propped your board on his floating sail & laid on his board, surfboard style, & paddled like a madman, with his sail, (your board on top), dragging along with him. 

Scott said when JP got closer to you he ditched all of hIs own gear, swam your board to you & then swam back to retrieve his own drifting gear. 

It is because of him that u got your board back & were able to sail in. 
He is a prince. 👑 

Yes, he is a prince indeed!! And a humble one, since when I tried to thank him and inquire if his sail was damaged in the process he said "nope easy breasy".

Meanwhile, Buck was so worried because he went to the rocks to spectate and found the normally bustling Point area empty. Everyone was on the Oregon side helping me! I had floated quite far upwind so it took me a few reaches to return to the Point to which Buck said "Never mind. Here she is" and hung up the call to 911. 

Safe and sound all thanks to the amazing people I am fortunate enough to sail with here in the Columbia Gorge!!!