Mark's WindLog for Tuesday February 28, 2012 , 2:00p - 4:00p

11th session in 2012
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the S (mph)
        Lulls: 15
        Average: 20
        Gusts: 30
Rated a 9 of 10

Board: Choco custom Rodeo Maschina 125
Sail: 5.9 Severne S-1
Fin: Choco Starfish 22cm
Suit: Xcel Drylock 3/2
Water Temperature: 58 F
Air Temperature: 75 F

Wow! What a great southerly blast of wind. I saw that it could hit 20 @ 2p, but NOAA had a brief spike plotted. So, I was hurriedly rigging up when I arrived a little late at 2p and it was blowing already. When I hit the water, the gusts were punchy, but there were big holes. I thought it was backing down and would be shutting off soon. Wrong! About the time B&L got there an hour later, it filled in really nice. I was very tired by then, but how can you stop when the wind is even up more and was forecasted to be short-lived.

The vulcan attempts are getting better, but I need to get the rig back more. More aggressive arm action should help. My short board tacks are getting a lot smoother. I think this will help when I am sailing a sinky wave-board.

The stumps are really bad now due to the low water levels. Thank goodness I sail with a little fin. I tried to take my fin off sailing too close to the shoreline. I was tired, and I thought quickly  getting planning would help me point better in time to avoid the shallower area near the shoreline. My laziness, almost cost me my favorite board. A stump seemingly came out of nowhere. Amazingly, no damage! Not even a scratch on the board or the fin. LUCKY!