|Barton (4321km): |
Lac Bay, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
2014 Sailworks Retro 7.5, 2015 iSonic 107, Drake DW38. Wind: 15 - 16 knots
Reasonable exercise session. For the most part was nicely powered during the sailing session.
The only bummer today was the session was cut short when my Sailworks 460 JoyStick mast broke FOR THE THIRD TIME . The top section broke in April 2015 after only about 10 sessions. It was replaced and the top section broke again in November 2015 (and I didn't sail on Bonaire from early May 2015 to October 2015). At that point I started using the Neil Pryde EVO sails and a NP 460 mast. I didn't use the 460 JoyStick mast again until a couple of weeks ago when I started using the Retro sails for laydown jibe practice. This time, the bottom section of the mast broke at the joint. The top and bottom mast sections were taped together so they did NOT separate during rigging or the sailing session. Time for the Sailworks 460 JoyStick to go in the trash bin. Fortunately, I have the 460 C100 Gaastra 100% carbon mast I just got from Taty which has the same constant curve profile as the JoyStick.
Oh, one learning for today... In preparation for going back to the GA Vapor sails, when I sort-of biffed a port tack jibe, instead of falling in the water and doing my normal waterstart, I did my very first sail uphaul on the iSonic 107 . This was practice for trying to keep the GA Vapors as dry as possible if I blow a jibe.