Thursday, November 30, 2006

Duxbury, Windsurfed, WSW 12-25, 20-35, solo, 6.2,4.2/Acid 94

Warm, high temp of 64 F, no need for gloves. I had to take my fleece off because I was too hot in my drysuit. I got my first planing duck jibes! The steps that seemed to help me to think about were, 1- move my rear hand back on the boom, 2- lean my hips to the inside to carve, 3-lean the sail to downwind and oversheet like a regular jibe, 4- duck it before reaching half way in the turn- pretty early- but keep carving. It was a surprising feeling to stay up on plane through it. It felt great! It was easier on the 4.2 but I started getting them on the 6.2 first. Duxbury exploration, I sailed up wind of the launch to explore. It was about 1 ½ to 2 hours before low tide. I could sail for a very long way right behind the ocean beach. There is a channel behind the ocean beach with an occasional sandbar or gravel bar upwind of the channel. Way up wind there was 1 sandbar exposed but there were others that I had to walk across when I tried to cut out into the bay. I did see 1 rock that was just below the surface of the water making me realize that it is a little risky up there near low tide. When I headed back I discovered that the water right in front of the launch is deeper than almost anywhere else I had been, except for the channel behind the beach. At dead low I was hitting the fin a little when I went upwind out in the bay but when I sailed right in front of the launch I was fine. The deepest water at dead low, in the main channel, was waist deep. Dead low is nice there, right at the launch!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Chappy, Windsurfed, WSW 12-18, solo/2kiters, 6.8/Carve-123

Warm, close to 60 F, but light winds. I planed less than half of the time. Needed gloves off and on but otherwise I was hot in the dry suit with its fleece, nothing extra. It was almost an onshore wind, port tack jump. West would be onshore. Wind felt lighter than IWindsurf said again. One of the kiters thought it was about 10 for a while, but the gusts were probably 16 to 18.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Duxbury, Windsurfed, NE 12-20, solo, 6.8/Carve-123

Early morning session- on the water from 8:00 to 11:30. I sailed about 2 hours on each side of high tide. It was all very deep water over the sandbar north of the bridge. Wind felt lighter than IWindsurf said. Maybe it was just too full of holes. I only planed about half the time. High temp was in the upper 40’s. My hands were pretty cold even with light gloves. I had a polypro layer under my fleece on upper body, warm enough.