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.
Jay-Anthony
Marc
Aron
RD
Taty
Amado
Terence B
Juvannie
Nagel
Alexander
Terence C
Bimbi
Chen
Average
Barton (4366km):
96 days ago
2 categories

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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