Mark's WindLog for Monday May 30, 2005 , 1:00p - 6:00p

13th session in 2005
Sailed at BIB
Wind from the SE (mph)
        Lulls: 15
        Average: 20
        Gusts: 30
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: C145
Sail: 6.3 Ezzy Wave SE
Fin: Curtis Weed 44cm
Suit: Boardshorts
Water Temperature: 86 F
Air Temperature: 88 F

The long drive was totally worth it. Nice steady wind. Nice people. Nice day. I rigged my new Ezzy wave 6.3. I thought I was optimistic, so I went out on the C145 with it. It was fun. There were a few gusts that were strong, and the sail was not twisting off well, so I added a little outhaul, and downhaul, and changed down to the C121. Planing was no problem, but staying upwind was. Also, I was spinning out like mad, especially after any jump. I was not staying powered through the gybes like I was on the C145. So, I switched back to the C145. Wind picked up a little, and now I was a little overpowered especially in the gybes. I had to lift hard on the windward strap to get the board to carve, and sometimes it would spin out just prior to the carve. I started to get exhausted. It was getting late, so I just got the downhaul crank out, and put in a lot of downhaul (originally I thought too much), but it turned out to be about right. Finally, the sail was twisting off better in the gusts. It was a little harder to get going, but a welcome trade off, especially in the gybes. I smashed my toe on one of the later runs forcefully searching for my rear strap. My second toe now has a nasty bruise, and is very sore to walk on. It was a great day, but I just struggled to get my equipment dialed in. This just wears you out quicker. I think the stock fin for my C121 sucks for me. It just spins out way too easily. There were weeds, but it was tough to stay upwind with that sail, especially when the wind dipped below 20. I learned today that the Ezzy Wave needed more outhaul and downhaul than I originally guessed. I will rinse it off and rig it up to spec. at home. I will get out the tape measure, something I never do, just to see for next time.