Mark's WindLog for Sunday August 16, 2009 , 2:00p - 6:00p

59th session in 2009
Sailed at BIB
Wind from the SE (mph)
        Lulls: 10
        Average: 17
        Gusts: 25
Rated a 6 of 10

Board: Quatro Custom Freestyle 140
Sail: 6.9 Gaastra Echo
Fin: Fanatic Skate 27cm
Suit: Boardshorts
Water Temperature: 91 F

I am thankful for great friends. Conditions were borderline/planing. First, I tried to sail my 6.9 Echo with an old 80's Chinook aluminum boom way extended. How the heck did we ever sail with that crap? The boom seemed a mile away from the sail due to the bend, and in any type of gust, bend it did. It felt like it would snap any minute.

So, I went back in and rigged my 6.2 Blade on my carbon Chinook (which is too short for the 6.9). While I was rigging, my board tried to venture out to sea. Thanks to Laura she caught it and brought it back to me. Disaster averted. Unfortunately, no matter what I did to the sail, I was not going to plane. Mike saw me struggling, as he ripped by on a 6.2 Poison. So, he told me to go and borrow his Carbon HPL boom out of his van and rig the 6.9 Echo again. Three rigging sessions in a short period of time, but finally, I was planing and able to get in a few vulcan attempts. Only one was a slide to a stop still in the straps. All of the rest were under-rotation crashes. My 8 hour drive was saved. Thank you Mike and Laura.