|Barton (4321km): |
Lac Bay, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
2014 Sailworks Retro 6.5, 2017 iSonic 107, Black Project Freeride Delta 21. Wind: ~ 16 knots
Today was going to be a day for practicing laydown jibes... didn't happen. Looked on the webcam before rigging, saw bundles of seaweed on the beach. Fortunately, I brought my only weed fin, the Black Project Freeride Delta 21 cm. Decided to rig the Retro to make it easier to waterstart when I would certainly botch port tack laydowns. First run across the bay was decent, the BP Delta obviously would not point like a slalom fin, but it held pretty well, no spin outs. The pluses of using the BP Delta was that I could make a run deep in to the mangrove shallows, which I did, and it did a wonderful job with the floating weed patches. Unfortunately, I swung wide on the jibe so only a little part of the jibe counted in the Alpha, but the jibe felt good. Back to the launch area for some minor adjustments and another run, also decent but a little too deep and hit the mud bottom in the mangroves. Turned around and realized I was in trouble. The wind turbine south of the bay usually points between NE and SE, it was now pointing almost S which meant I had to sail directly into the wind to get back. This was due to a rain squal moving through south of the bay. OK, took the indirect route back but the wind was also dropping so it was mostly just a long slow slog. Finally got back to the launch area and waited, and waited for the wind to pick back up. As the graph shows, it didn't. Good for Aron, Amado, and Taty on their foils, not so good for me rigged for high teen wind speeds... Basically, sailing session was over after only two runs...
I stumbled into Kuma's camera frame today. Roo, does the stance look less stiff?
|Roo (10928km): |
Nice end of year session at ARooBar. Good to finish 2017 as the fastest windsurfer in the USA again! Upped the 100m speed for the 2017 USA Speed Challenge to 42.63knots. https://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/default.aspx?mnu=event&val=478
40 knots gusting 50 on the course so took out a new 5.0 to test. First run felt a bit overpowered but settled in before the water level got too low to do any more runs. Quite pleasant with a warm pineapple express all the way from Hawaii with nice warm moist wind and lots of rain. Didn't wear any weight, in hindsight may have helped but everything felt comfortable as it was. Lightest windsurfing weight I've ever been 170 pounds, good to see it's not affecting my speed too much.
2017 Loft Race Blade 5.0, Mistral Speed 41, Tribal Sym 23, GW-60.
Wind 40 gusting 50 knots Too much south so tight on first leg of the course and too broad for second leg.