Buck McRockbuff's WindLog for Saturday May 22, 2004

1st session in 2004
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the S (mph)
        Lulls: 10
        Average: 15
        Gusts: 22
Rated a 7 of 10

Board: Basset slalom ~90 liter, Mike's Lab Course ~150 lit
Sail: North 6.4 Disco
Suit: None
Water Temperature: 73 F
Air Temperature: 86 F

Did the Dirty Triathlon in the morning at Canyon Lake...what a blast! It is an offroad triathlon with mountain biking and trail running. This was Laura's and my first triathlon, and we both enjoyed it immensely, especially the offroad aspect of it. The Madrone Trail at Canyon Park is an excellent mountain biking trail. After the awards ceremonies, we made the 1+ hour drive back to Austin by 3, when Laura laid down to take a nap and said "wake me up if it's windy." After scoping the wind, a few minutes later I woke her up and we were soon out the door on the way to Windy Point. I used the big board because Lake Travis typically has lots of holes. I practiced the deliberate catapult technique described in WindSport magazine in preparation for forward loops. I had tried this a few times on my last outing, but realized that I was letting go of the boom during the catapult, which was not building good muscle memory for the actual loop. This time though, I held onto the boom through the 'pult, landing on my back on the other side of the board. I was surprised to learn that landing on my back does not hurt. I became more comfortable doing the catapult, but there's still slight hesitation/fear for a second or two from the time I decide to pull the trigger to when the actual trigger gets pulled. I'm guessing that I'll need to shorten this lag time just a tad in order to be able to do it at the correct time in the jump when the time comes for an actual forward attempt with the board attached to my feet. One thing to note about doing this: At the end of the day I noticed a ding on the board on both sides of the mast track where the mast hits the board. This is because the board is fairly thick at that point, and sits high out of the water. This is also an extremely fragile (light) board. No worries though, a quick ding stick patch will fix it up just fine. I've completely written off this board anyhow, since it is an out of fashion board that nobody wants that I wanted to sell a couple of years ago, but no takers. I did not have the ding problem on the Basset after 4 catapults on it. I tried a duck jibe with the big, thick, sharp-railed Mike's Lab board that is built for one thing and one thing only - going straight. It wasn't pretty, but I made it through the turn with a slip of the feet, resulting in exiting the jibe sitting down on my butt while still sailing. The wind picked up a bit, so I took out the Basset with the 6.4, and got some good runs in. Did some ducks, a laydown into a duck, and some heli-tacks. First time out on Lake Travis this year without a wetsuit. Post sailing beer: None, too exhausted.