The West Coast Speedsters (W, United States of America) - 2018-01-13
Sailor 2 Second Peak (Kts)5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)1 Hour (Kts)Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)Nautical Mile (Kts)Distance Travelled (km)
Barton
23.384(D)
22.107(D)
4.42(D)
13.609(D)
14.333(D)
12.284(D)
Roo
Roo Jr.
Marc
Aron
RD
Taty
Amado
Terence
Average
Barton (4204km):
10 days ago

Lac Bay, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

2014 Sailworks Retro 7.5, 2017 iSonic 127 Ultra, Drake carbon Race 44, Wind: 13-15 knots

Today was 'small world' day. I had just finished rigging (arrived late so was basically the only one rigging on the beach), when a car pulled up and the passenger asked me about wind conditions. A short chat later we did introductions - turns out the passenger is Dasher, who taught windsurfing at Vela on Aruba. In 1997 he taught me how to duck jibe Laughing when we were on a windsurfing/scuba vacation. Somewhere, I still have the video he took of me as proof that I could consistently duck jibe. Dasher and his friend Rick looked over the situation and decided to rent a windfoil from Bonaire Windsurfing. Neither had done much, if any foiling but they caught on quickly. Will probably be back for more on Sunday.

I decided it was time to put the iSonic 127 to the test as to whether I was going to be able to deal with the massive width and enjoy sailing it - cut to the chase, answer is YES. Board popped on a plane very easily and I had a decent session where I would have been slogging for sure if I had tried to sail the iSonic 107. In these conditions the board was easy to handle. Will take a little more time to learn to jibe, but on the other hand, I can practice without falling in Laughing.



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