Mark's WindLog for Wednesday December 31, 2014

66th session in 2014
Rated a 8 of 10

Board: Happy
Sail: New Year

Happy New Year! Thank you again to Hans for hosting the Windlog.


This is just a statistical analysis and summary of my year windsurfing for me to reflect on later. I have found it helpful to look back at past year end summaries to gain some perspective on how the wind was this year and where my sailing is now relative to the past.


Session total was 59 (up 18) this year - without any major injuries! One minor windsurfing-related injury, right lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), from pushing it over several consecutive days sailing this spring. I think this may have been exacerbated by slightly too long harness lines. Who knew such a thing would be possible. Recovery from this took several months, but that did not keep me off the water.


41% of the sessions on local lakes (only one less day compared to last year), and 34% on the Texas coast (up 13% this year), but none were in the waves. I have to fix that!


Only 3% of my sessions were high wind (no Gorge trip this year).


Trips to Bonaire and NC this year were very good with 7 days of sailing each. That is amazing, but it also shows my wind snobbery is gone. I would rather LWF than not sail at all. I am looking forward to a little more SUP in 2015. I am finding more excuses to leave the bike at home and I will use any excuse at all to not need to run.


No new moves. I am still trying to land a vulcan. I did take an ABK Clinic this year. My quest began on 9/1/2008. I was able to find this looking back through my windlog. Here is a quote from that first vulcan-related post:


“I also learned today that I may never vulcan. Even with great gear, I am still glued to the water. I am hoping it is just a mental hurdle. Watching Brian and Mike, I was thinking how hard it must be to take it to that next level. I am going to try, I am not giving up, but it is very humbling”.


I obviously had no idea how humbling it would be! At least, I have shown I can persevere and that I am no longer stuck to the water.


The best stat of 2014 was 11 days sailing on the water with my kids this year. This was mainly due to taking a trip with O. to Bonaire, but I just had an amazing day sailing with E. in SPI only a few days ago. These sessions will be the ones that I remember most of all.


Peace to all and may everyone stay healthy and happy in 2015.