35th session in 2020
Sailed at Hatchery, WA
Wind from the W (mph)
Board: '19 Slingshot 103 Wizard
Sail: '15 Maui Sails Mutant 3.5
Fin: Infinity 84CM
Water Temperature: 80 F
Air Temperature: 60 F
Toasty day! Made my first dw360! Was flying all the way through 359º, then I plopped back onto the water just like a gentle kiss from Bailey. It's that last 1° that puts you back in contact with the water. The arc was tight! Probably too tight. Probably looser is the secret to keep it flying all the way through.
Figured out the secret to heli's on the foil. Move your back foot way out to the now windward rail right before flipping the sail or else you won't have any leverage to get/keep the sail upright after the flip.
Happily I didn't decide to mope and sit on the rocks after this happened: Early on in the sess, the rig separated from my board in the channel while trying a duck jibe. The board quickly moved away from me downwind, while the rig and I were being swept upwind. Fuck! My u-joint broke! (this was the thought anyway). It's going to be a long difficult swim back, or I'll have to de-rig out in the water and get dragged back. Fuck! Laura my hero saved me by holding my board as I swam with my non-floaty rig toward her. Was able to get to kit-complete again and not drop into the Columbia the crucial piece that would have ended up as a plaything for the manatee and river otters. Sailed back to shore with only a hand-tightening, then borrowed from Brad the exact proper tool that was necessary to make that thing tight af. Brad has all the tools.
Lesson learned: Always check the tightness of the bottom screw thingy on those silly 2-bolt mechanical u-joints (that are necessary for foiling) before rigging. And probably Loctite that mofo too if it's being a problem, as it has been. Gotta get some loctite.
Last sess in the Gorge for a good long unknown while.