Mark's WindLog for Friday December 28, 2012 , 1:00p - 3:00p

76th session in 2012
Sailed at Windy Point
Wind from the WNW (mph)
        Lulls: 15
        Average: 19
        Gusts: 30
Rated a 9 of 10

Board: 2013 Choco Rodeo 124 LTD
Sail: 5.9 Severne S-1
Fin: Choco Starfish B72 22cm
Suit: Xcel Drylock 3/2
Water Temperature: 59 F
Air Temperature: 59 F

I won't lie. Christmas was really tough this year. I knew a northerly was going to rip through town, and it was going to be warm and windy on the front line of the wind. Perfect for Lake Travis. But unfortunately, I was needed at home. We were entertaining my in-laws. Both my kids and my wife gave me very unsympathetic stares as I stated my case for just stepping out for an hour. I was whinning like a dog asking to go for a walk. Everytime I looked out the window, the trees were bending like crazy. Yep, I missed a good day. And the forecast for the rest of my vacation, looked terrible. I was not happy.

So, imagine my surprise, when I saw a little short 17mph frontal blip in the forecast today for 3pm. Sure, NW winds are not very good at Lake Travis, but the water was in the high 50s, and so was the air (for now). I was going to go for it after I picked up the kids from tennis at lunch.

I got there @ 1pm. A full 2 hours before the predicted peak. Besides Keith who did not want to sail, I was all alone. It was starting to really blow nicely. I only brought my 5.9, and I was rigging as fast as I could to get out there before it died. WNW? I was barely able to stay upwind of the point from where I launched. Finally, I felt the wind hit my sail. Wind glorious wind!

It started to get holey by 2:30p, and I finally gave up around 3:15p. Nice gusts! Just warm enough with no gloves or boots. Whoohoo.

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