26 August 2020
Last parts of Storm Francis
After almost 1.5 years since I last sailed at Grevelingendam.
Around noon the storm was going to decrease a bit and it would be possible to surf again. Wind would also turn from WZW to WNW in the afternoon and with that it would be perfect for the Grevelingendam.
On arrival the wind was still west, so in the bay hardly any wind.
On the shore sails between 3.0 and 4.2. My 3.7 didn't seem necessary at all, there was no foam flying through the air.
JP FSW 84 with Banzai 4.2 and MUF 20/makani 10cm
Bobbing in the bay, that was to be expected with still west wind. Once outside the bay more wind, once in the deep full wind: Yes, the wind is still strong.
Sail a bit tighter and now it was good sailing, only in the hardest gusts sometimes on the big side, but never really too big.
Typical Grevelingendam conditions, lots of short steep waves. So often nice jumping, over both sides possible, but back towards the shore the best.
Really delicious bump-n-jump. Wave riding wasn't really possible, yes sometimes a single back-side hit, tricky with the waves so close to each other, often you're already past the wave after a bottom-turn.
Got a scare, sailing towards the shore, hard hit I look down: block of wood in the water. Once on the shore fortunately no damage to board or fins. Probably the thruster got the blow, close to the bottom of the board.
I had good timing, earlier the wind was still too hard, could sail for 2 hours without having to switch the rig.
Very nice sailing sailing, good to have sailed at the Grevelingendam with the small kit again.
|Wind: W 35/24 kts
|JP Freestyle Wave 84 Pro - MUFins X-Wave 20cm/Makani Walu 2x10cm
|Goya Banzai X Pro 4.2 - Goya Ninety Pro 370 - AL360 E3 Carbon 140-200
|Set worked well, sail not too big at first: maximum trim, finished with minimum trim. In the strong wind, the MUF 20cm + 10cm thruster was a bit large. Later with less wind good, in minimal wind getting upwind became more difficult. Control usually well, only in strongest gusts and highest short waves a little trickier.