Alissa's WindLog for Saturday May 02, 2009

27th session in 2009
Sailed at University Beach, TX
Wind from the SE (mph)
        Average: 30
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: mistral syncro fish '06 77
Sail: 4.7 Worldsail surge
Suit: rash guard

The downwinder was not all I'd hoped it would be. I knew there would be more fun places to sail today, but I'd heard about reaches in the bay for so long and just HAD to try one to see what it was all about. First of all, it was seriously blowing 30 at the university beach. Enes was getting like 6 feet of air coming inbound, Chip was planing on a 3.7 and I was on a 4.7, so that was the first sign of problem. The other early indicator was Charles, a veteran of these races, walking around saying he had never seen this much wind for a screaming reach other than possibly 1989. Oh and the final warning sign was getting sandblasted on the beach, to the point of pain.

The group gave me a little head start b/c they wanted to stick together and i thought I'd be slower than the guys on race gear, so i started off on my own. I kept looking back, but never saw anyone catching up. Turns out that moments after I left, everyone except Barry decided it was too windy to do this after all. Meanwhile my car is at North Beach. I made it to Cole Park, but it was a frustrating process because not only was it technical sailing, requiring lots of muscle and finesse with the constant gusts/lulls, but the process wasn't even fun. It was just  work. I get enough exercise outside of windsurfing that when i'm on my board I want to have pure fun, not some workout. I spent portions of it sitting on the board going straight downwind (which was actually the most comfortable on the legs but harder on the shoulders due to no harness), portions standing downwind (hard on both the arms and quads, but it was the fastest, most direct route), and portions standing ranging from a broad reach to a tight reach (rest for the arms & legs but not making as much progress) depending on wind strength, waves, and fatigue level. I took two really hard catapault falls into my gear, then assorted other falls in the beginning when i was trying to figure out the best technique. Then a few more falls toward the end when my arms got too tired to properly jibe. At cole park after I waited around a while and Barry showed up and told me everyone else had quit, I was like screw it, i'm not sailingl to North Beach by myself. Chip gave me a ride home. I'm glad to have experienced it, but that was my first and last time.