Mark's WindLog for Friday May 01, 2009 , 2:00p - 6:00p

33rd session in 2009
Sailed at Salvo, NC
Wind from the SSW (mph)
        Lulls: 18
        Average: 28
        Gusts: 35
Rated a 9 of 10

Board: MIstral Syncro 114
Sail: 5.4 North Duke
Fin: Fanatic Skate 27cm
Suit: Boardshorts

Session #2

Started of with a bang! Fully powered on the 6.4 Duke. Sunny and warm. Then, it started to build. A quick break to maximize the downhaul and outhaul. I am always amazed what a little sail tuning will do. I am blowing by the kiters now. They are starting to struggle. Good jumps on starboard. They are availble on port, I am just a spaz on port tack. My brother goes down to his smaller kite. The number of kites starts to dwindle. I am starting to get ovepowered. Drop down to the 5.4 Duke. The wind really starts to crank. No problem for me, but my bother's 10.0 F-one leading edge rips, and he has to walk it in. I am able to sail in the shallow water due to the wind direction and my speed, so I get some great turns in closer to the house. Wind keeps building. Now, I have to maximize the downhaul and outhaul on the 5.4m2. Starting to get hairy. Another kiter rips his kite and walks it in. Only a few kiters left on the water. None going more than 200 yds. offshore. My brother comes back out on his 8 meter surf kite for a short while. He gets some massive air, but pays for it and does not last long. I am starting to get tired, and I am very overpowered, but all those days in the Gorge have paid off. I am the only one sailing far from the shoreline. I see a giant ray swimming downwind. wingspan probably a meter. The water looks super white, epecially with the setting sun reflecting on it. I call it quits @ 6pm. Great day!!!

Here is a photo @ 2pm before it went off..