|Barton (4321km): |
Lac Bay, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
2014 Sailworks Retro 7.5, 2015 iSonic 107, Drake Carbon Slalom 40. Wind: 13 - 15 knots (pretty much followed the graph minus about 2 knots).
Arrived late, launched a little after 4 PM. The wind chart pretty much describes the results. Got in a few good runs. waited for the 'afternoon wind bump' that was a no-show. Eventually made one more run. Slogged most of the way across, caught a gust, made a jibe, and managed to ride the gust back to the launch area.
Ironically, my 'weak port tack jibes' actually held the clue for me to recognize what I am doing wrong on my starboard tack jibes. For some reason, I naturally want to flip the sail first on the starboard tack jibes - doesn't work for me on slalom gear (or laydowns) but does on Gorge gear... But, if I do what all the videos seem to suggest which is briefly laydown the sail, start to pull it back up while switching stance, then flip the sail, golly gee, seems to work a lot better, which is what I did on the last jibe. . Now, if I can just break my old habit, little by little I may be able to do decent laydown (or partial laydown) jibes. Tracking my progress, I think this will happen in roughly 2050. Actuarial tables suggest with high probability I'll also be dead, but hey, there are always tradeoffs...
All in all a decent day at the beach. Sunny skies, no rain squalls, a few good runs, and listening to 'Start me up' by The Rolling Stones blasting in my ears as I derig. What could be better?