|Barton Brown (3597km): |
Langlois, OR, US - Floras Lake
Sailworks Retro 7.5, Goya Bolt 115 L, MFC KP-42 Wind: 10G20 NNE
Somewhat disappointing day with a couple of learning nuggets. First time out on the Goya Bolt 115. For theses winds it is an improvement over the Bolt 95 but today I would have needed at least a 125L (probably 135L) and wide board with a bigger sail. One other guy sailing - he was on a Bic E-Rock and a Sailworks 9.1 sail - he was planning most of the time but looked underpowered ... That said, I had about 30 minutes where I managed a few decent runs in the gusts. Once on a plane the board handled nicely and even underpowered I was able to complete a few jibes on both port and starboard tacks. I think the Bolt 115 will be my go-to board at Waterfront Park when winds are in the 15 to low 20 knot range. It has enough floatation that even with almost no wind I'm confident I can easily sail it back to shore - a definite plus with the holey/gusty Waterfront Park winds.
My learning nugget was that some of the symptoms I was attributing to being woefully out of shape (feeling flush and lightheaded) were actually due to being overdressed . After the 30 minute session of decent wind I shed the fleece top under the drysuit - what a difference. I was now ready to go but alas, no real wind. In thinking back 20 years I may have worn a rash guard under the drysuit but definitely no thermal fleece. I had no idea the fleece would make such a difference.
Hopefully the wind will exceed forecast tomorrow so I can put some kms on the Bolt 115.
My Goya Bolt Armada...