|Barton (4366km): |
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 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 .