L Bell McFancyPants's WindLog for Sunday November 25, 2007

59th session in 2007
Sailed at South Padre Island Laguna, TX
Wind from the NW (mph)
        Average: 17
Rated a 9 of 10

Board: RRD 110 FSW
Sail: Ezzy Wave 4.7
Fin: Yes
Suit: Full with cap

A super cold day, but eventually the sun came out and with Alissa leading the pack we headed out on the water. We spent the morning on land learning about willy skippers and back-to-back sailing. We went to the sail chi demonstration. We headed to the brewery for lunch where we tried to rev ourselves up by drinking a few local brews. They worked, either that or the sunshine, so we headed out for light wind freestyle. I tried a few back-to-backs, but got pummelled each time. I tried and got one SB360. Helitacks are more fun now with the Andy Brandt method. They seem more fluid, less rushed. Then the wind picked up and we got some planing time. I tried a downwind 360 really exaggerating the oversheet, but landed on the sail. I tried some monkey ducks and got good advice to put more pressure on the mast foot. I was lucky Tom (one of the ABK instructors) lent me his board for a third time. It was 110 liters, which sounds big, but it felt really good. Even when I started planing it was controllable and turned well. All in all I am super psyched that we took the clinic and can't wait to practice everything, hopefully in a warm south wind this weekend!