Wind Journal for Hans Anderson -- Saturday October 06, 2001 -- See All

8th session in 2001
Sailed at Bird Island Basin
Wind from the SE (mph)
        lulls: 10
        average: 12
        gusts: 15
Rated a 5 of 10

Board: Allstar 70
Sail: 6.5 Sailworks
Fin: 15.5 Curtis Weed
Suit: Shortie
Water Temperature: 70 F
Air Temperature: 75 F

My first day in a wetsuit! And, my third day sailing in 4 days, YEAH! The suit was just a shorty, and the wind was very so-so. Temps are supposed to increase again this week, but it was cool enough for the fake skin today. Most people were out in their full steamers, which, coming from Montana, would have been too much for me. The water had cooled, too, but not too much. It's amazing how quickly the water temperature can drop.

It was supposed to be an epic day, but it didn't pan out. A cold front brought big wind overnight, but by morning it was gone. When I arrived there were some people planing on big sails, so I rigged my biggest, a 6.5, and joined them on my Screamer. It was too small, sail and board. I came in, put on the Seatrend and tried it again. Still, too small. The wind looked better, but I think that was because of the direction. It was coming from the NE, not the typical SE, and the fetch helped the wavesize, tossing a few whitecaps around and looking bigger than the 10-12 it really was.

I was having some trouble with weeds on my very swept back Curtis fin, too. There was a little gap at the base (where it connects to the board) that caught enough weeds to be a problem. Don from Worldwinds (http://www.worldwinds.net/) helped me fix the problem and I went back out. I had a few planing rides, but not for long and not very often. So, instead of just snobbing it on the beach I stayed out and played around, working on fast tacks, heli-tacks, nose jibes, pivot duck and normal jibes, etc. The wind was perfect, and the board was good, too. It was stable and floaty and I didn't have any problems.


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