Mark's WindLog for Sunday March 02, 2008 , 11:30p - 4:30p

10th session in 2008
Sailed at BIB
Wind from the SE (mph)
        Lulls: 15
        Average: 25
        Gusts: 35
Rated a 8 of 10

Board: Exocet Cross 117
Sail: 5.7 Severne Blade
Fin: 10" Wardog Freeweed
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Evolution
Water Temperature: 73 F
Air Temperature: 75 F

Fortunate. I was very fortunate today. It was windy and warm. I could have not sailed if not for George willing to cover my call most of the day at the last minute. Then, I arrived at BIB with a nearly flat tire, safely. Changed to the spare, but the local tire store was closed. Laura's mom offered to take my tire to Walmart to have the flat fixed while I sailed. How nice is that? Then the tire guy fixes the tire (bad stem) and does not charge her. Wow. I rigged a little big (Blade 6.2/Cross117 with the 36cm superX fin). It was good and bad. Easy planing. The wind was more up/down than I am used to on the coast. The fin hit something a few times. Marine life or the bottom (probably the latter), so I changed it out for the 10" freeweed fin. I had better piece of mind at the very least. The wind felt stronger later, so I changed the 6.2 for the 5.7 Blade. I rigged it on the water, and unfortunately, put too much downhaul on at first because I had the mast extension in the wrong hole. I fixed that and it was almost perfect. Sailed with that for quite a while until I was tired. Gybes are getting better, no ducks (only one attempt). Chop was small and lined up better for port tack. I guess I found out like starboard tack better for some reason. Tried to sail my RRD 110 at the end of the day. Not enough wind to plane full time and stay upwind. Changed my tire back to the fixed one, and drove home safely to pick up the rest of my call, and watched THE WIRE. A very good day. Fortunate indeed.