Mark's WindLog for Saturday March 07, 2009 , 2:00p - 5:30p

19th session in 2009
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the S (mph)
        Lulls: 10
        Average: 17
        Gusts: 25
Rated a 8 of 10

Board: Quatro Custom Freestyle 140
Sail: 6.2 Severne Blade
Fin: Fanatic Skate 27cm
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Psycho 2
Water Temperature: 59 F
Air Temperature: 78 F

I was a good dad and ignored the wind/forecast and went to my son's season finale in YMCA basketball from noon to 1:30pm today. But, I packed the car before the game, and I drove quickly to WP as soon it was over. I missed the best wind, but I sailed as hard as I could with what was left. I rigged the 6.2m2 instead of the 6.8m2 with the big board hoping I might be able to switch out to the Naish 115. No such luck. My V. attempts are stalled out (but still fun). One great thing about having a friend like Brian, who has an analytical mind, is that he always has really good suggestions on how to get better. I now have a new focus beyond pop and pray. If only I can get my brain to not fuzz out after pop. When the wind was light, I tried an UW360. I have been frustrated as they always seem to unintentionally turn into a helitack with the front foot behind the mast. Truthfully, I felt like I was never going to get there (on my own). Brian told me to keep my back hand in toward my body. Instantly, I got 10 degrees more rotation. 30 tries later, I was coming around, but falling to windward. I was super close. So, I kept trying and trying. Most folks were packed up and heading home, but I was determined to persevere. I thought about giving up several times and settling for "close", but I just couldn't. Finally, during a gust, it happened! I spun right around and sailed away. Damn that felt good.