09 May 2021
Wonderfully warm, but gusty
Wind predicted from the south, especially late morning most wind, then turning to SW and decreasing. Sun and maybe 18 degrees. Early at Kabbelaarsbank.
Nice weather, breakfast outside.
Wind was disappointing. Sometimes a good gust. Ended up rigging the big kit.
iSonic 117 with S-Type 8.3 and SL-P 48cm
With southerly winds, you need to get upwind to have more space and a bit more free wind. Once past the surf centre, long stretches, could be sailed along the sandbank and the island. Then it was usually short bobbing until you hit a gust, bit of pumping and I could usually plane the very long run. With luck, you could get a gust during the gybe and keep planning. Sailed most of the time with Jeroen. He was with an NCX 7.0, so clearly planned less.
In the harder gusts I really had to give more outhaul and the 48cm was really too big. But most of the time the fin made it very easy to get planing. I would have liked to have tried my SL-X 45cm times, but it didn't fit well in the box.
Stopped because I was unsure if I should get smaller kit. After drinking and eating something, everyone appeared to stand still on the water. Wind gone. I tried to see if there were any gusts, but unfortunately.
Jurjen also tried my kit, he had not taken any equipment himself, but also was not possible to plane.
Wind was gusty and was gone too soon, but the temperature was lovely, winter wetsuit was too hot.
KabbelaarsbankPresent: Jeroen, Jurjen
|Starboard iSonic 117 - Sonntag SL-P 48cm
|North S-Type SL 8.3 - North Platinum(14) 490 - AL360 E3 Carbon 200-260
|Set worked well. In the minimal wind it was not enough to plane, but once in plane I could always get upwind a bit. In the hardest wind the 8.3 was just too big and the fin could certainly have been smaller, but because the water was flat I often got away with it. Board ran free, especially in the harder gusts. I wasn't the fastest on the water, but definitely not slow.