Mark's WindLog for Tuesday January 06, 2009 , 3:00p - 5:00p

4th session in 2009
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the NW (mph)
        Lulls: 12
        Average: 20
        Gusts: 35
Rated a 5 of 10

Board: Quatro Custom Freestyle 140
Sail: 6.8 Goya W3D
Fin: Fanatic Skate 27cm
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Psycho 2
Water Temperature: 58 F
Air Temperature: 70 F

Brian nailed it. He predicted the front would hit at 3pm and he was correct. B&L were launching right while I was rigging. The wind was already gusting to the mid-twenties when I arrived, then all of a sudden@ 3pm, it was in the mid-thirties. I took my eyes off my rig while I got the board out of its bag, and I saw my rig fly 10 feet up in the air and 30 feet down wind only to make a hard crash landing on the gravel. While I chased it down, my board bag blew into the lake. I attached the board to the sail and moved it behind my car. By this time, the board bag was getting pretty far out, so I waded up to my waist, still in my jeans, to fish it out of the water. I then parked the car and changed into my wetsuit. I found a big heavy rock to put on top of my board bag so it would stay put, and I joined Brain and Laura. 

Winds were backing down by then, but there were still several good gusts left. My new boom now has three major chunks of boom grip taken out of it on one side. The mast sleeve of my new sail has a few small tears.

My front feet are still coming out of my footstraps too easily. It was better on starboard, where I made some changes, but I may need to try a different kind of strap. I did get the board around 30-40 degrees on a couple of my vulcan attempts and on those my back got slapped and my cage got rattled.

When the wind died, I found my board bag was gone. Major bummer. It has my name on it, but it is probably on the bottom of Lake Travis now.