Mark's WindLog for Saturday July 16, 2011

30th session in 2011
Sailed at Hatchery
Wind from the W (mph)
        Average: 19
Rated a 8 of 10

Board: Fanatic Skate 107 TE
Sail: 5.3 Severne S-1
Fin: Choco Starfish 22cm
Suit: O'Neill 3/2 Evolution

Spent yesterday cruising down the beautiful White Salmon River. Temperature was incredible. Cool water with sunshine and warm air is hard to beat.

Forecast was bleak, and predicted East late, but we decided to give the Hatch a look first since the best wind reading was there in the early afternoon. I got to launch from the "point", since it was uncrowded, for the first time. Not quite as impressive of a feat as launching from Ho'okipa on a small wave day, but still cool to launch from where the locals and pros usually launch from.

We hit it just right and had nicely comfortably powered conditions for about 45 minutes. I had a couple of fun jumps. Nice to see some real ramps too. It was also nice to only us and the pros for a little while, but this soon changed as others found the wind pocket too. Then the wind died, and I ended upstream and in the center of the river channel. I fell in and could not waterstart easily with a barge coming down the river. Lonely and no fun! Lucky for me a few gusts still existed upstream and I escaped, but I still had to work myself downsteam in the super light wind on a sinker without an uphaul. Pesistence and patience paid off. I made it back to the launch. I went out a little later when the wind filled back in, but I could not plane like B&L, so I finally called it a day. Post session IPA tasted good and Bill came by to hang out with us and enjoy the end of the great afternoon weather.