|Barton (4366km): |
Lac Bay, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
GA Vapor 7.1, 2015 iSonic 107, MFC KPR360. Wind 17 - 18 Knots
Little by little. The 36 cm fin worked well except in the expected situation of very low board speed and pointing upwind very hard - then it tried to spin out. Otherwise, worked great! Thanks Roo for hammering on me about fin size.
The 'getting low' is still a work in progress, but getting there. It was pushing my comfort zone to be low, in chop and see a gust approaching and to NOT back off but instead stay locked in and go for it. . And, of course, it workd as per Roo . Three of my best 10 sec averages were in the worst chop. Given all the variables, hard to say whether there was any true speed difference but the trend is in the right direction. Today had 0.4 knot faster 2 sec, 0.5 knot faster 5x10 and 1.3 knot faster NM . Of interest to me, and something I would never have personally guessed without the GPS tracks is that Taty's 10 sec average segments were all in the WORST chop on the bay - Go Figure .
Also, 4 cm less fin means 4 cm more margin for some of the coral tops in the rental area .
Sailed back to the launch area for a break and was then going to work on jibes, but got sidetracked as Taty, Amado and Giovani did some laps. Fortunately to the GPS on Taty before he went out. When they came in, I signed up a great new member to The West Coast Speedsters . Per Taty's suggestion, I have one more immediate recruit to ask...