Mark's WindLog for Sunday July 04, 2010

39th session in 2010
Sailed at Hatchery
Wind from the W (mph)
        Average: 33
Rated a 10 of 10

Board: RRD FSW 110
Sail: 4.7 Severne S-1, 5.3 Severne S-1
Fin: MFC 24cm Freestyle Pro
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Psycho 2

Morning session was very up and down. At times I was shlogging, at times I was fully powered, and at times I was way overpowered. I rigged the 5.3, since it looked like yesterday's conditions. The swell was starting to build and I lanched off a nice ramp fully powered. I leveled the board out at the apex, but continued to rotate forward. I completed a quater loop, landing perfectly perpendicular to the water (nose first ). I was amazed neither the board or I was hurt. I was scared at the time of the rotation, but relieved later. It gave me a lot of confidence to be more aggressive.

It was my nephew's third birthday today. He is battling cancer right now, and so I told myself I would do 25 vulcan attempts today. I got to about 10 before the wind was super jacked, and I was starting to be a constant yard sale on the Oregon side. At about noon, the wind filled in very strong and we were forced off the water. Classic 3.5 down, with mortals sailing just back and forth on tiny gear. The pros were in Arlington for the Jump Off, I guess.

I was off the water for 3 hours, and finally the wind backed off. I rigged up the 4.7 and I tried my MFC KP wave fin. It was fun to play in the swell, but the conditions were very up/down. After an hour the wind really started to back off and I called it a day. What a beautiful, fun, unique place to sail The Gorge is.