Mark's WindLog for Saturday April 15, 2006 , 11:00p - 4:00p

8th session in 2006
Sailed at BIB
Wind from the S (mph)
        Lulls: 15
        Average: 25
        Gusts: 35
Rated a 9 of 10

Board: C145, Exocet Cross 117
Sail: 6.3 Ezzy Wave SE, 7.2 Ezzy Infinity
Fin: 10" Wardog Freeweed, Curtis Weed 44cm
Suit: RipCurl 2/2 Classic Shorty
Water Temperature: 78 F
Air Temperature: 80 F

It has been a windy spring and everyone was commenting on that. Unfortunately, I have been swamped with work and family responsibilities. I have been hoping all week I could get down to BIB and that it might be good. My prayers got answered with a glorious day. It was beautiful. I had not sailed in so long, I had no idea the water was already that warm. I brought a shorty, but no swimsuit. It was really too warm for the shorty. When I got there, all the front row parking was already gone. Tons of RVs. Yet, not that many on the water? It was a GPS speed event. I guess everyone was waiting for the peak wind to arrive. Brian and Laura were out. They are always hardcore. (Later I learned they sailed continuously from before Worldwinds opened until well after it closed...150 miles!) I rigged up my 7.2m2 and my C145. It was great. I sailed for 2 hours and then I started to get tired. I could feel the wind picking up. I wearily put that kit away, and rigged the 6.3m2 and Cross 117. It was really great. By now there were tons of people on the water, all GPS'd and going for their best max speed. It was beautiful looking at all the sails on the water. I began to get more tired and overpowered as the day continued on. I began to spin out ( I was putting too much pressure on my back foot) and started to blow my gybes. I could have fixed a lot with a little more downhaul and moved the mast foot a little forward. I was just too lazy. I could not get myself to do it. I was tired, thirsty and my arms were shot. Finally, @4p I realized despite lots of great wind and potential sailing left, I had to face the reality. I was spent. As I packed up, I realized that the Millers were still going strong like the Eveready bunny....still going. I am confident Brian could go 24 hours straight if he had to. I knew they were fit, but it became ridiculously obvious how fit they are (and in how poor of shape I am). Finished finally, they offered ME a beer, fed me brats, and let me crash on their couch for the night. What great human beings. Again, I feel so lucky. I wanted it. I needed it. I got it and more than I could handle. What a great day!