Mark's WindLog for Sunday March 22, 2009 , 1:00p - 6:00p

21st session in 2009
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the SSE (mph)
        Lulls: 12
        Average: 21
        Gusts: 30
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: Quatro Custom Freestyle 140
Sail: 6.2 Severne Blade
Fin: Fanatic Skate 27cm
Water Temperature: 59 F
Air Temperature: 83 F

I started the day on the 115 liter (which felt so good when it was not underwater in the lulls), then I realized that it had a hole in the tail. A puncture from where? Oh well, the wind was really better for the Quatro anyway.

I was having a good time in the "man channel" getting occasional planing rides. A few rare lame vulcan attempts, and duck gybes. I now do HTs so often that I am starting to suck at simple tacks.

Then, Brian talked me into sailing the other side of the point. It was port tack for a crowd. (BTW the water still smells.) Brian was pulling off vulcans and wooing the masses, while I pulled off the rare lame duck gybe. Then he encouraged me to try a DW 360. After a go with too little wind, I came back and the wind was gusting. I pumped and my speed was building rapidly. I was keeping the mast upright and the board was accelerating, Then, I felt the pressure in the rig swing way forward. I was too upright in my stance to handle the next gust. I knew I was in trouble. I went over the front in the harness, thankfully missing the nose of the board and tumbled under the sail. I was surprised to find myself unable to unhook. As my held breath was starting to wane, I told myself to not panic, and finally untangled myself. I saw Brian swimming out to me. I was relived that the nose of my board was not cracked, but my harness bar was all twisted up and I wore a hole in the chest of my wetsuit.

I then decided to head back to the other side of the point. I had it all to myself and the wind was filling in really nice. It was getting late, but I got in a few more ducks and lame vulcan attempts.

All in all, a very good day. Nice weather, and I sailed as hard as I could. My gear is getting busted up, I question if I am getting better, but I am charging as hard as I can and that is all I can ask. I should sleep like a rock tonight.