Cloudy overcast and 4.5 to 3.7 winds make for a solid and tiring day! Pretty steady WSW 25-35 all afternoon with a great tall breaking swell - ramps galore for Metro. Millard and I had the place to ourselves and I got some good POV for the archives. Fun and exhausting - need more of these days for getting in mid season shape.
Looked light 15+ SW when I rigged the 6.9 Xspresh and the 107 FSW and went out.... But once out on the outer blue highway it quickly in 5.5 and I was way overpowered. Great time to choose the 5.7 and the 85 ProEd for a 2 hour sesh prior to the dinner hour. Nice late afternoon session - we'll take it at this point. Millard and Jeff there to enjoy and partake.
Wow Day 2 of the 2011 sailing season and we're greeted with Sunday morning gales and temperatures in the 40° range. It was a good day overall, but the 4.5 Search was wrong initial call as I was getting blown off the water. Next, I quickly rigged down to the 3.7 Jet and had a great time when the sun would peek out. Although was still very cold waves and winds were constant and for the most part it was an excellent day to try out some heavy wind survival sailing. I was only one out until noon when Jeff arrived and I had another person to watch get worked in the nuclear gusts. I could have easily used a 3.2m after about 2pm as it was solid 30-40+ West with the entire beach area being blown into the air. Ramps galore and some nice swell to ride in but the ProEd FSW might just be too big and too light for a day like this. Maybe a weight jacket would work... Today the wind won - I hope to get in better shape for warmer temps. Nice chart on LSCM4 eh?
Mark your calendars that Friday, April 15, was the first day of the 2011 sailing season. We had a good crew out of the Blue Lagoon for afternoon with winds 15 to 25 east to northeast (worked well almost onshore). I sailed powered on the 5.7 Expression and my 85 FSW ProEd. John, Millard, Craig, Jeff and the rest of the crew were all out in good preseason form. Temps not bad 50's for most parts but mittens worked well for me. Gales coming on Sunday so hoping that the rest of the weekend kicks like today. Also got to try out the new Drift 170HD camera on a few runs: check out the test video link below. Potential is great for some POV waves and jumps once we get some conditions firing. Good startup sesh.