Saturday, July 14, 2012

Palo Alto Mud Dawgs Wyatt Miller Jibe Clinic

Title: Wyatt Miller Jibe Clinic
Date: Saturday July 14, 2012
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Palo Alto Baylands
Cost: $57 includes Togo's sandwich.
Organized by Jack Ollila

11:00AM to 1:30PM: Land lecture and demonstrations
1:30PM to 2:30PM: Lunch, Q&A
2:30PM to 3:30PM: Ponder what to rig in light wind and low tide... Most rigged 5's and 6's on big boards with small fins.
3:30PM to 6:00PM: Sail with Wyatt giving tips in the waist deep water above the second pole.
6:00PM to 7:00PM+: Derig, hose off mud and cocktails.

A lot of slogging with the lulls.  I sailed my 6.5m^2 Sailworks Retro on my 145L Mistral Explosion board with a 33cm freestyle fin but would have been much happier with my 7.5m^2 Retro and 53cm race fin.  Of course, with a 2.9 ft tide, the long fin was out of the question.

The good news is I wanted to work on going upwind with smaller fins and going upwind better while slogging.  With the light wind and low tide forcing a smaller fin,  I got some great tips from Wyatt on land then several times on the water on how to improve going upwind with a smaller fin.

It was pretty amazing to see Wyatt slog upwind out the tiny channel between the mud banks on a board that just barely floated him while I was doing our famous channel walk.  He gave me some tips on what he was doing while slogging past me to try my next time.

See my tracks at Garmin  with heart rate also displayed
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Participants (from the lunch list)
Kirk Lindstrom Turkey, swiss and avocado
Dirk van Putten Togo's #3 turkey and cheese
Hung Chen Pastrami on parmesan cheese bread
Mark Tan #30 (club sandwhich) on white
Kelly Moore (Couldn't make it - Dirk?)
John Schultz turkey on french roll
Roland Lucas cucumber and avocado
Jerry Kerr turkey, lettuce, tomato, mayo, white
Clayton Coate #29 turkey and avacado, swiss
Angel Gentchev #29 Turkey and Avacado
Colin Duffey #9 (pastrami) with mustard and pepperjack cheese
Jack Ollila Turkey

Thanks Jack and Wyatt for a great event!

Read the Comments for a summary of the Clinic Tips.

More Photos by  Royce Nicolas

Saturday, April 7, 2012

April 4 Coyote Point - 40+ MPH

April 4, 2012 was a great day for windsurfing at Coyote Point.

 I started out on a 5.5 Sailworks Retro sail with my Real Wind 270 XL "middle board."

That was great at first then it way over powered so after 40 minutes I rigged down to 4.5 where I was perfectly powered for another 40 minutes.

Here is a GPS record of the double session.

Click "View Details" to see more maps. You can also click "play" to get a replay of the session. Pretty cool!