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La Journale PAV de 2022

NOT sure why these fonts go all over the place & I apologize

Wednesday June 29th OKA La Crête

I have NOT been making many windsurf videos and decided to give it a try taday. There was maybe one decent run and I think that is what I published. Wind was NOT great and I was out with my trusty steed, Fanatic Shark 145 HRS with the GA Swift 10-oh. Obviously the mast plate was moved up and the larger fin was used. It was NOT a great session and cannot give it more than a 7 or 7.5!! The waves were a real PITA taday !! When we all got off around 14h00 the sky to the west was dark blue and not long after the wind whipped up so strong that a young lady asked if I needed help with my sail and board in that BIG wind !!

Monday June 27th - OKA La Crête 

Originally the forecast was 30-50kph W and seemed to change to 20-40kph WSW and so, brought the standard Shark 145 and GA GTX 8.5 !! Well, when I got there, the water was higher than usual and so, NO beach for the kiters. It felt and looked like MORE than 20-40kph and definitely WSW. I did a coupla runs with my setup, but was WAY OVER. Waves were about 2 feet as well. I brought my stuff out knowing that was probably it. People were flying on their windsurf stuff. I was guessing 25 knots with < six meter sails. Benwindy came in saying he started with a 7-oh around and had to rig down ... When we saw him he was with a 5.9 meter sail and said his board was too much for the waves - mine too. Cannot give this session more than a 6 or 6.5 out of ten !!

That just looks like 20-40kph maximum and yet, it looked and felt like a LOT more. At shore I measured 20 mph on my anemometer and it is usually MORE further out !! 

here is the report from Force10 who went to Baie des Brises on the South Shore of Montreal:

"Belle sortie à Baie des Brises, vent à tendance ouest qui variait de direction un peu, pas toujours stable mais assez puissant pour la 5.7 m2. Sorti un peu avant 10h00, première 90-120 minutes environ en SuperRide 116, un moment donné ça allait trop vite et je l'ai échappée, méchante catapulte, j'ai un coude écorché et bleui au-travers du suis rentré la queue entre les jambes, et je suis ressorti avec la nouvelle FSW 105 litres poids première demi-heure ça ne planait pas trop, ensuite dans le tapis jusqu'à passé 13h30 mais là il restait du vent mais la batterie était pas mal vide. Une sortie dans du 15 à 25 noeuds, l'eau est rendue trèèèèès chaude, incroyable le changement en 10 jours,"

Helmut went to AAO as he knew I could not stay long - family duties. He knew winds were BIG and went out with his 6-oh sail on his FSW 106 litre !! Says it was completely different and not easy to get used to ... This is the pic of AAO Helmut sent me - not many on the water and the level is REALLY HIGH - other side of Lac des Deux from OKA ...

On Quebecwind winddummy of 160 pounds was on a 100 litre board with a 4.7 m² sail and also at AAO :-) What would that translate to for a 200 pound beef like me ? using James' sail and board calculator ... 4.7 is for 20 knots and the board of 100 liter is minimal uphaulable. For 200 pounds that would be 120 liter board with a 6 to 6.2 sail, which as I thought should be my kit for this day based on what I saw. My Fanatic BEE 123 using the HSM Fire 6.2 sail !! Also something I am NOT very comfortable with !!

Skiguy was there too and started with a 7.5 and I saw his AHD FastForward at the beach near where he parked. I think he had the 145 litre and NOT the 130 litre size. Next time I will check. He was deciding what to rig down to. Told him I felt like today was for experts. I witnessed a dude come to the end of a run, flip his sail and turn board with his feet. It all happened SO FAST man !!

Saw a dude with an OLD Fanatic BEE and Gaastra sail...

                                            I took the  Dutch description and google translated it:

Ultra BEE: A super fast slalom board for committed surfers and Funboard Cup Races.
  • World cup shape: concave, 3 v-concave, double-v
  • Lightning fast and clean in the jibe
  • Early to plane and highest terminal velocity
  • Secure grip during extreme maneuvers
  • Speedboat with light handling
  • Slalom rocket for pros and experts
282 cm long, 59.5 cm wide with a volume of 115 liters - did not look easy to ride

Here is a 1989 Fanatic Ultra BEE in action

Richard/FORCE5 was setting up two sails and two boards !! Think it was a 5.8 and 5.4 with a Goya board - think volume was around 125 and it was NEW in 2021 costing $2800 !! He said he also had a board closer to 100 litres !!

I asked benwindy about Monday and he said...

"I had a Hawk 111 and 65 wide, so an almost slalom freeride. The wind often changed directions, so it became like boiling water. This board becomes physical under these conditions, you have to agree to pay the price or the go for less time.If I had had a 115 or 105 FreeWave, I would have had a funnier, slower ride.Even having put a 5´3 on this 111, I would have been bardastered/shaken up."

Marc Cyr said lots of stuff was broken and people got hurt = NO SURPRISE !!

Saturday June 25th 

Looks like we are going to “the country” taday - that’s what we call going up north to the chalet(s).  Luckily there was enuff wind for me to windsurf and test the HSM SPF 8.5 sail repair with the winch shown below. The Color GTH (which is what I presume it was) was GREAT. The wind was from the East and later from the South. It was NOT strong and it did not matter that I forgot my harness (once again). Gonna count this is as a "session" n givit an eight outta 10 !! Oh yeah, I did adjust the downhaul with MORE so that the battens could flip. Next time I may add 2.5 cm on the extension for more downhaul. Also, perhaps make it so that the bottom batten flips more easily - loosen or tighten required ??

Saturday June 11th

Well, do NOT drive anywhere near Montreal on the weekend. There is construction and traffic everywhere man.

I bought myself some booties at Sharks in Laval. Also got MarineTex and McLube from the BoatHouse in Dorval. $160 later ...

Also, as I was setting up my GA GTX 8.5 to dry out completely (did not seem to need a washing) I noticed that there were still "sap spots" on the monofilm. I read somewhere that isopropyl alcohol will do the job, butt will ask on iwindsurf first !!

After discussing a used older board from Ottawa that someone was saying could be used for foiling ... I discovered that the Chinook Powerplate allows you to put the foil in multiple positions and also seems to distribute the pressure on the fin box and board. Unfortunately it is about $260 + tax.
Also, foils run from about $1500 to $4000. Which means it is about a 2000 to 4000 dollar investment. Some people have stopped trying - like benwindy. Others like Marie are still learning and loving it. When I see her on the water I always feel she needs a larger sail and/or more pumping !!

Also bought some Sametop GoPro mounts to put on the boards to film myself at speed. I wanna see what it actually looks like and to force myself to get in those straps man. 
At first I was all excited and I was preparing to put a flat mount on the Fanatic Shark 145. However, before gluing it on, I went and got my SJ4000 GoPro copy to make sure it fit on the mount. IT DID NOT %^&* It was too loose. As usual, I had my typical panic attack, but the base that I had upstairs fit perfectly and the mount was applied. Now I am really looking forward to the next session on the water with the Shark :-)

FryDay June 10th La Crête

Well, it looked like it might be a piss ass day - as in potential rain and some "maybe wind". Originally it looked like 20-40 kph SW and then switched to W.  We had the granddaughter and so, by ten or so, I was on the water - needed to be back by three !!

The first couple of runs were okay, but nothing great. Back to the OKA stripes - wind, waves and then NO wind. Just as I was getting used to it, it started to rain and kinda dropped off in the wind section. That's when Helmut arrived !!

We chatted and waited a bit and I jumped back on the water.

The first run out seemed sad until .. it f'n kicked man AND was a great run back. I enjoyed the speed SO much that I was doing downwind runs - as fast as I could !! I kept at it until about 13h30 cuz we hadta bring the granddaughter back to papa ...

Fanatic Shark 145 with the 47 cm Curtis slalom fin and the GA GTX free-race 8.5 using the HPL carbon boom. I tightened the battens on the sail - looked great !!

 Am giving this session a 9 / 10 - sun was out when I left ... Even though I had some issues tacking and went in the water a couple of times ...

Helmut was out on his Gecko 156 and SW Retro 8.5

SD after and left a skull mask on the car = oh well

Wednesday June 8th La Crête

Well, this was a difficult day to call. Was it gonna rain ? Was the wind going to get stronger or weaker as the day went on. From SW, WSW, W or NW ??

So, I packed more than usual. Both GA's --> GTX 8.5 and Swift 10-oh. Obviously with all the associated gear as well - 520 mast, 490 mast, carbon boom, 50 cm fin and a 44 cm fin.

First I check the main beach to see if it was feasible. Wind looked better on the side of La Crête and there there was NO using the bathrooms in the main building - after the arrival of three school buses !!

The west side of OKA looked like a WNW wind and good enough for the 8.5. I kept the longer fin because it looked tough to get back to the starting point i.e. too much downwind action AND I was correct - that was an issue for me and the kites. Later on the kite foils and Marie on her windfoil seemed to have less of an issue staying upwind !! She seemed to be on an Ezzy 6-oh or thereabouts ...

The 8.5 was the right call; Sylvain was foiling with an 18 meter kite and dude that I met on the weekend at the boat ramp - was out with a 21 meter kite. There were some decent gusts and so, I was glad that I was NOT with the 10-oh.

I practiced some water starts in the deeper water - as beach starts seem fine... Had issues getting the clew out of the water %^&*( Then realized it was not my fault, butt rather a lack of wind !!

The sun was out and I was in my farmer john's - fun, fun and so, am giving the session an 8 outta 10 :-) smiles all around - typical OKA - stripes of wind, then waves and then no wind - no wonder we went downwiind !!

Once again the foils win - oh yeah - saw Martial there too ...

Saturday June 4th La Crête

Wind looked like it was gonna go from light to quite decent. I thought perhaps an opportunity to learn and practice with the SW 20-40 kph and then more later. So packed the Shark 145 with the 8.5, 7-oh, 6.3, 490 mast, 460 mast, Chinook boom and three fins (56, 40 and 32). Was rigged by about 10h15 with the 8.5 since the wind was still light. Helmut arrived while I was chatting with a Ukrainian fellow. You can only imagine what we talked about Putin taking 25+% of his country. Told me about the "Kozaks" {spelling} - some kind of crazy warriors - says 200 guarded the border and the Russians had to come in the thousands !! 

By the time I got on the water with the Shark 145 and GA GTX 8.5 three kites had gone in the trees with the deep water and the strong onshore winds !!

As you may be able to see on the above graph, the water levels look like they are at what was the MAX historically on this date!! I had trouble getting started because people were in the water and you had to get past them and the mini-points at either end. I kept going deeper and had issues water starting. Winds were a little light at the shore. Once I did get going a sudden gust dumped me - so, I hafta be ready. There was another fellow in the water and thus I had to avoid him and still head upwind a bit. 

I managed to get going and had the speed run of my life. That wind was way over 40 kph, which is about my max for that sail.. When I fell in at the boat ramp end, I was too close to shore to get past the weeds on the way back. Tried a couple of times, almost lost my glasses and bailed my equipment out at the boat ramp. Then went and got the car...

Helmut was nowhere to be seen. Once at my stuff. I kept contemplating and took apart the sail first. Two people came and went - one windsurfer and one kite body drag wannabe. Another came, parked his truck n trailer and launched at the mid-point of the ramp n beach. 

Part of my issue was getting the outhaul end of the sail out of the water. It is a VERY wide sail - I should have put the WaterStarter that was in the car ON the sail !!

Once my stuff was all packed, I hung around a bit - then went home and slept.

Helmut called me around 15h00, butt was sleeping !!

Do I regret going = NEVER !! 
        That speed run was worth the whole thing !! 
7 outta 10 man !!

*****Next time check water levels and ensure wind reports match !! *****

Windjee did a report on QuebecWind stating that he was using a 5-oh on a 94 litre board and it was too much - switched just the board to a 76 litre board and all was fine !!
Force10 was at Lery and posted a windchart:

Thursday June 2nd

Spent over an hour trying to make the 66 cm fin fit a little easier into the deep tuttle box on the JP SLW92. Now I would like to patch some minor things on the box ... Have no more MarineTex. I also need that special lubricant for the cambers ... What's it called again ? Shit, hafta look it up ... Oh yeah --> McLube lol lubricant for McDonalds - that's how I will remember it lol 

The BoatHouse in Dorval is open 10h00-17h00 Tuesday to Friday ...

oh yeah - WindSpirit is having a party to celebrate their move  !!

WARNING - that banner is WRONG - Party is on the FryDay the 17th !!

Tuesday May 31st - OKA Main Beach ENE 20-40 kph.

    When I got there, I had all my stuff on the beach and realized that once again I had brought the wrong sail. Had all the stuff for the GA GTX 8.5, but the GA Swift 10-oh was lying there on the ground - and there was NO way to rig it with what I had. I actually went back home and got the 8.5 !!

    When I arrived this time, Christoph was there. He was the one who sold me my MS-2 and the MS490 too I believe -- back in 2011... He was out on a 125 liter board and a 5.8 sail. Here I was going out with my Shark 145 and GA GTX 8.5 !! Well, he is a much lighter fellow !! The kiter from last week was there too - on a 12 meter kite and large board. Oh yeah, I had on my full wetsuit - it was NOT warm !!

It was your typical OKA day - wind up and down, waves in the same direction as the winds and I had trouble tacking. Had to uphaul each time - as in I fell in each time. Will give the session a 7 outta 10 cuz I did git ta plane - on occasion - usually on the way back in.

Later a fellow arrived that Christoph knew from Hatteras - says he was 155 pounds and out with a 7.9 sail. He was definitely planing on the way in and did a coupla nice jibes. He had a very yellow sail - like none I had ever seen before - I am guessing it was a Point-7 sail. Maybe even the ACX...

Smelled like Diesel on the way home = WTF !!

Sunday May 29th Up North and NOT really a session

As I was rigging my old HSM SPF 8.5, I noticed a screw was missing from the sail pulley block. I tried to rig it as such, but it seemed to bend one side and did NOT look good. So, I rigged it straight - with one loop and no pulleys. Would have needed the winch and the sail looked bad and sailed poorly. As such, I will not call it a session, but rather another lesson learned !! Gotta have spares and ALWAYS check your equipment !!

Saturday May28th

As usual, I was watchin the winds since yesterday. It looked to be shaping up to be a 20-30kph day with winds from the NW. This means JP SLW92 with the GA Swift 10m² sail and 66 cm fin. 

On the way I kept reflecting about bringing two sails and wondering why. I do have premonitions on occasion and all morning I kept thinking to myself that I was forgetting something !?! Well, I was about half way there when I realized I had brought the GA GTX 8.5 and NOT the Swift 10-oh $%^&*( So, I went back and exchanged sails and the wife seemed surprised that I was still determined to go lol

As usual, I hadta "take a crap" when I got there - what's that all about. Seems to happen every time - must be the nerves. I went to the meeting hall where the bathrooms are nicer and less people - still covid nervous. On the way out I heard a familiar bird call and I froze. A pileated woodpecker attacked a fallen tree not ten feet from me. I watched for a good 5 minutes and then snuck away quietly. My phone was in the car and I tried ta git a pic, butt forget it !! The bird broke giant pieces of bark off the log, flicked them away with a toss of his head and then proceeded to eat the ant eggs underneath. I don't think the bird left even when I slowly crept away in my hybrid - running slowly on electric mode :-)

When I got to La Crête, there seemed to be waves and winds from from all over the place in different forces - woah. I rigged up and Benwindy came in ... Told me he had a crazy gust which overwhelmed him on his Fanatic Ray 145 + Ezzy 8.5 !! Says it was calmer now and out he went.

I did an allez/retour and got off the water. It just felt too much like work. 

When Ben came in, I went back out for about another hour. Only me and one kiter on the water + a coupla sail boats. We looked for "The Rock", but did not find it !! Water was too high !! Oh yeah - the kiter told us (Claude from the town of Oka and I that he had BIG flippers in his bakpack - in case the NW carried him too far downwind !!)

Afterwards chatted with Claude, from whom I had bought a fin once. He is windfoiling now and in the winter does do skiing with kites on the ice n snow :-)

Told a father with two young girls that rather than sitting on the old windsurfer, they should try standing up, which they did quite well !!

In terms of equipment, the freerace sails are a PITA to derig AND the 66 cm fin goes into the finbox with far too much difficulty %^&*()_

It was a surprisingly fulfilling session, but cannot give more than a 7.5 !!
Had a special treat of cookies when I came in :-)

I musta worked hard cuz I had fuckin muscle cramps in my calves all nite long $%^&*() Even tho I did take magnesium and vitamins when I got home
shoulda had more water !!

btw was in my Farmer John's with booties ...

Monday May 23rd Queen Victoria's Bee-day

We have had NO POWER since 17h30 on the 21st!! and we did not get it back until 63 hours later = WoW !! So, I wrote my verbal diarrhea on a napkin and am retyping it here now. 

I took this opportunity to check my W/S gear. Taped up the 520 mast ferrule and dried / cleaned all the sails used recently (7-oh, 8.5 and 10-oh). I also tried to tape up the seam on the GA Swift 10-oh. Will perhaps try sail tape next ...

I also decided to use my AHD SL-1 140 in 20-40 kph winds and the Shark in 30-50 kph. The AHD will be tried in SW winds first. I will  need to bring the tuttle fins back from Nonni's chalet !! Perhaps this Friday ??

Wednesday May 17th

                            Well, once agin I was monitoring the winds n temps all day and it was NOT lookin good :-( My good buddy, Ed, texted me that OKA was amazing taday. Asked him about the wind since it seemed to be picking up here. Said it was 8 knots W, but kiters were having issues getting going. Not long after it was 9 knots and "picking up". That's it, I am packing my car with the GA Swift 10-oh and the JP SLW92 - with the 66 cm fin.
    I actually met Ed at La Crête and he helped me rig up :-) We had issues with the cambers getting past the taped mast joint and the fin box was tight !! I managed to beach start, planed somewhat - more around the Vaudreuils side of the lake and fell when trying to get hard upwind - managed to scrape my right elbow - applied propolis at home.

All in all this session met all expectations and MAC was there to greet me after ... I am going to give this session an 8.5 !! 

Tuesday the 17th of May

Okay, I monitored potential wind and actual wind all day. It looked like it was gonna be light rain with 15ºC and winds changing from WSW to W and eventually NW and THAT is exactly what they did. Winds were supposed to be lighter in the afternoon, but I think they were lighter than predicted - 15-45kph NW make sense ?? With the Shark 145 and GA FLOW-3 seven-oh we were over ... under, but rarely none. Yes there was planing, slogging, dropping the sail and almost falling in. When the gusts got too weird, I just got off. Anticipation was not high, but I had the day off from babysitting, went windsurfing and had my soma - was gonna give it a 7.5, butt is gonna be generous --> 8 outta 10 man !!

btw I had issues rigging the GA FLOW $%^&* The mast had issues getting past that last bend and the the little sail cap was like in the wrong hole - dirty dog !! lol :-) When I de-rigged the sail, I attached the cap to the car and yanked - that's SO much better man !!

FryDay the 13th HOT HOT HOT

                            Gonna give the outing an 8.5 outta ten !!

There were a number of times that I planed - once so much that I HAD to head upwind !! Another time I was so overwhelmed than I planed as fast as I could until suddenly the wind died and I fell in L😀L. 

I MUST mention that when I rigged it up and ran out for the first run, I missed the bottom camber and needed to move the harness lines back about 3 cm - last sailing was with a 7-oh sail... Also, I never put the harness attachment to my legs and used it more like a waist harness............... CANNOT wait ta go out agin !!!


here's what I wrote on the quebecwind windsurf forum :-)

Helmut was on his Gecko 156 (85 cm wide) with his SW Retro 8.5. Says he did not plane nor get in the footstraps. I tried once, but headed downwind after :-(

May 12th Thursday --------------------------------------------------------

Well, my buddy Helmut asked if I would like to try a large Touring Fanatic SUP at Cap St. Jacques ? How can i refuse ? He has two SUPs, paddles and all !! I tried the larger version while he went on the shorter one. The water was NOT cold anymore and the air temps was 30ºC which is almost 90 in Fahrenheit !! I brought my farmer john in case I fell in which I did NOT !?! which meant it was HOT !! Luckily there was no wind nor swell and when there was, I could REALLY feel my thigh muscles working. It was jolly good fun, but these boards are NOT cheap. Will ask VoilOka how much to rent one - tomorrow when we try to windsurf !! Will give this a nine out of ten !! saw lotsa turtles on logs who jumped into the water as we approached quietly ...

Helmut says there is a place to put a sail on the board, but he never tried it !!

Here is a video of the larger board I believe ...

May 10th Tuesday ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Well, we thought of dropping the granddaughter off up north, perhaps I would windsurf and then pick up a rocking chair for the wife ... and so, we did it all!!

Well, there was NOT a lot of wind, but that was NOT anticipated. It was all about just getting out .. Had to bring the HSM SPF 8.5 and the mast from one chalet to the other and I brought the wrong lower section :-( Then when I rigged it, I forgot to put the tack strap :-( Also, I forgot my harness, even tho it was on my bringit liste :-(

But, guess what, I loved it !! It was a beautiful day, only wore the farmer johns and booties. The water was warm enough for me to wade in and rinse my stuff too !! Gonna give this an eight outta ten. I am still hoping for better sessions with more speed. For the lake on a BIC SL200, it was just fine !!


April 25th I asked about the State of the Lake and this is what I got !!

April 18th (Sunday)
OKA Beach 18-30kph ENE about 10ºC, butt NO sun

Brought my "new" 8.5 and "old" GA Flow-3 7-oh. Felt like there was some good wind and there were about six kites and one windwing on the water already @ 13h00. Everyone kept saying Be Safe and I asked if that meant I should wear my covid mask lol :-) So, I stayed with the 7m² Gaastra 3-cambered sail. I did not fall in, dropped the sail once and planed once or twice - this generated BIG smiles lol... I was happy I played it safe, cuz I did NOT wanna spend time in the water and I didn't --> 7.5 outta 10 ??

1) surface  4/5 some waves and not too cold
2) wind 3/5 - a bit light n gusty - as anticipated tho
3) sail 4/5 - better safe than sorry
4) board 5/5 - The Shark !!
5) clothing 5/5 - hole in glove, butt not cold
    had on wetsuit, booties, gloves, covid neck cover and helmet

    score 21/25 = WOW = too generous - need more emphasis on surface, wind and sail
    those alone are 11/15 --> 73% which matches my original 7.5 :-)

April 15th Good Fryday = Git Good n Fried lol

Well, I was considering going to OKA and checking out a SW quite strong wind of 30-50kph, but the gusts were REALLY strong at home and Mouss on quebecwind said a 5.3 sail was RIPPED out of his hands --> flew away from him by about 5 meters !! Also, the fucking traffic on the 640 sucked - like 10 minutes extra to get there = stayed home !!

One dude posted a pic of his truck and trailer ON the beach of La Crête !!

April 12th Yesterday I rigged the GA GTX 8.5 in the backyard and I felt the leech was a little bit loose, but the cambers flipped perfectly ..

other than that - the sail looked really good

I thought the battens were okay, but when I checked again today @ OKA, it looks like the bottom two could use some tightening... Also, I can see why they added a tack strap to the later models ... 

At OKA La Crête is NOT accessible yet and so, I tried the main beach with a west wind. BIG mistake... There is way too big a wind shadow and I fell in a number of times - got cold and tired before I got to enjoy the session. Had to do the walk of shame from the end of the actual beach. Managed to get in the harness comfortably a number of times... Forgot my safety vest and the gloves I wore had a hole in them. It was 17ºC with a potential westerly of 20-40 kph ... I will NEVER go there again with that direction of wind. Asked the committee working with OKA if they could ask them to open La Crête sooner !!
SW looks like it may make it into the beach, but a westerly definitely has too BIG a wind shadow :-( Live and learn - I should know these things by now %^&*( lol Cannot give this session any more than a six and that is generous !!! I called the Parc the next day and asked when access to La Crête would be available and was informed that camping area is scheduled to open the 29th of April. This makes sense as my previous notes indicate that I windsurfed there in May in the past years... The association is trying to get it to open access to the beach earlier ...

How to rate a windsurf session ??

This discussion started because there is NO consistency in my evaluations
It often feels like a number pulled out of a hat or arbitrary
In the winter there are clear criteria for the rating and perhaps they can be used in the summer

1) surface - in the winter there can be so many variations !! summer too
2) wind - as expected or better ??
3) sail - was the correct sail selected and how did that work out
4) board - was the correct board selected and how well did that work out
5) clothing - was I dressed appropriately - not too warm or cold ??

For the above session ...

1) surface 5/5 - flat and water not too cold
2) wind 1/5 - BIG wind shadow
3) sail 5/5
4) board 3/5 - would have preferred the longboard
5) clothing 4/5 - hole in glove, butt not cold

totale = 5+1+5+3+4 = 18/25 = 72/100 which is still more than 7/10 !!
I forgot to mention that this "new sail to me" was easy to uphaul - no issues

April 8th Buddy sent me a pic of Lac des Deux a couple of days ago and the fellow @ 30noeuds felt the rain of yesterday would clear out the rest of the ice. So, I took a drive down the 640 and this is what I saw ...

clique the pic :-)

All I need now is some sunshine and a nice Easterly and I am off - well, maybe AFTER getting my "shit" from up north - ice sailing is over there too ... One can see in the pic that the man-made stone retaining wall is gone - that changes the shore quite a bit. People will be able to go into the water from the picnic area now too ...  

There was lotsa water all around ...

and it was NOT following the rules of the road lol

La Crête is still closed and the annual pass seems cheaper @ $45 per year.
Got so excited that I drove up north in the evening and picked up:

Helmet, harness, cold weather gear
Chinook aluminum boom 180-240cm
HotSailsMaui Fire 6.3
Powerex RDM 460/90
Gaastra Flow-3 @ 7m²
MauiSails 490/75 mast 
(assuming the GA GTX 8.5 matches)

April 7th ... So, after purchasing the used free-race 8.5m² sail, I was looking for videos with it, but it seems 2006 is OLD for a windsurf sail ... Watching a bunch of videos, I started to feel like a real idiot... As I came from longboarding and windsurfed for the last 20 years, I was ALWAYS under the impression one is to keep the board flat. This may be true, BUT the main idea is to get as much of the board OUT of the water as is possible. THAT is why board critics measure the length of the flat @ the back of the board. Watching Nico Pier slalom sailing shows that he really does FLY man !! And THAT is what I hafta do !!

06APR2022 bought a 2006 GA GTX 8.5

Purchased the sail from 30noeuds, who seem to be way more into the kite world now and also have WindWings... This sail was marked as only used once, which is difficult to believe, BUT the sail does look amazing and was NOT expensive! New sails are about $1K now!! 30noeuds also had an electric remote controlled foil which is $11K and it sells !!

AND this one is a free-race sail with two cambers - used to mean it was even more expensive. This one does NOT have the zipper on the bottom batten and the luff is NOT wide - this is ALL FINE with me :-) My masts and boom are up north and so, this one was purchased without even rigging it ... The fellow said if he was not working, he would be out on the St Lawrence with a WindWing :-)

For future reference ... The 2006 GA GTX 8.5m² has 7 battens and 2 cams. There is a luff of 510cm, which obviously requires a 490cm mast. I have three combinations of good carbon 490 masts - MauiSails hard top, NP flex top combo and an older NP 490 CC/ConstantCurve. The outhaul on the sail is 240cm which means I can use my HPL carbon boom = woohoo. In terms of weight, I could NOT find ANY info on the www - is 2006 that long ago ?? Did I pay too much ?? I KNOW I will be VERY happy with this sail. I loved my MS-2 and still love my GA Flow-3 !! As there was NO info on the weight, I weighed it myself on an old scale - me+sail - my weight (gotta lose weight :-) and it comes to 12 pounds or about 5.5 kg.

02APR2022 Saturday with not much to do. 

Auntie Laura is sick and has covid. The wife has been helping her preparing for her move to a senior's home ... This means our family gathering up north was reduced. The wife, young son and myself are quarantining at home. 

I was considering going windsurfing on the ice, but the wind is staying under 15kph. I checked the surface yesterday and was hoping -7ºC @ night was enough to repair this surface ... 

It is wet snow on wet ice - was hoping the cold night would freeze up the snow and they were announcing 15-25kph NW winds... yesterday ... It seemed to reach my expectation for a very short period of time, but ... around that time the wife picked up medicine for the sick and my kids never confirmed the state of the lake surface :-(

29MAR2022 Another Tuesday session squeezed in up North !!

Once agin, we had the "day off" and there was cold with little snow... I headed up north alone leaving the wife with her sister at home and NO car ... I brought the SW Retro 8-oh and the NS Duke 6.9.

The wife was supposed to sow / repair the SW Retro, butt never got to it lol Luckily so; cuz, I watched a rigging video by Sebastian Kornum, where he mentioned if the mast was not in its cup or connector properly, it could pop out the sleeve. This is what I thought had happened, but I never found the cap and so ASSUMED it was a stitching rip = NOT SO !

Today I looked at the sail very carefully and it did NOT look like any stitching had ripped - there was however a strap where a connector could have been. I checked the SW Retro sail bag and there was something in the pocket !!! 

With some difficulty I was able to put that on the strap -- from the top of the luff - very carefully and diligently and then went out with that sail on the crusty snow in -7° C and winds from the NW @ 15-20kph. Wind is supposed to get "better" and so... am takin a break ...

sometimes that harness line looks like a smilie lol

Went out again in the early afternoon - wind was more gusty, still intermittent and still with wind holes. NW is one of my least favourite directions on the lake (small diagonal runs). Want to give the session an 8 outta 10, but the wind was NOT cooperating ... Let's see, the surface was an 8 or 9 outta 10; the sail with the wind and ice/snow conditions was a 9 or 10 outta 10, but the wind was NO more than a 7 at most !! So, we will say that the average across those three categories was an 8 outta 10 :-) cleats, helmet n harness - NO pads

22Mar2022 Tuesday. Probably LAST winter session for this season

 We had the day off from "babysitting" the granddaughter and I headed NORTH. Here the ice is FINISHED as seen on Sunday's pic. It was below freezing overnight and just below when I got there. By afternoon the ice and snow was a bit "mushy" and just not quite as good as in the morning. Winds were from the NW 15-25 kph (supposed to be 20-40) and as usual on this lake - holey and inconsistent, but as can be seen in the pic, it was an absolutely marvelous day !! Giving this "day on the lake" a seven outta ten 7/10 ...

20MAR2022 Sunday, butt NOT sunny lol. Checked the local river

Unless we go into a REAL deep freeze, that river is fucked for winter windsurfing - pardon the French lol ... So, I brought my shit all up north - about one hour NE of home:

Now THAT looks a LOT better !! Even though it was 4 degrees C and the ice was a bit soft, there is potential here. We are supposed to get a couple of nights freezing and thus perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday I can head up there to play on the ice !! On Tuesday we may not need to watch the grand daughter either = day OFF :-)

12MAR2022 --------------------------------------------------

Yesterday there was NO wind and warmer temps and then last night made this:

C'est beau mais moi? je préfère la glace lol

10MAR2022 Well, I think I just got lucky !! Winds were WSW 15-25kph, the snow was crusty and there was ice underneath. Had my ice-sled and the HSM Fire 6.3. There were a hole in the wind around the middle of the river and as usual, gusty. The outing met my expectations and the only reason I stopped was, the forearms hurt and I did not feel like adjusting the harness so that I could hook in ...  Will give the session an 8/10 - being generous ... The trick was to go early - not many spa people and the police van kept the wierd-ohs away ...

I did NOT use the harness as mentioned - nor the cleats & knee pads - luckily did NOT fall !!
Just used the helmet, ski googles and warm mitts ...
Some people seemed interested, but no-one spoke with me ... still covid times ??

SHIT --> NOT much wind tomorrow and snow starting in the evening - more than 10 cm
                I have the Retro 8-oh here - can I rig that ??
                It needs repair or a work-around and SDM mast extension :-( NOT lookin good !!

09Mar2022 The local river is still soft at the sides and where snowmobiles have "plowed" 

ALL I need now is another cold night and wind from the right direction
and then the question is -- where to park ??

what, March already - lame winter for me - here's the next 7 days

looks like we'll hafta check the river and lake conditions daily !!

I discussed the parking with SPA Finlandais = NO GO :-(
they say they have preference @ the 117 bridge/water plant

18FEB Fryday ... This next section is just to show you how difficult it is to plan a windsurf session - winter and summer ...

13FEB checked local river and took the pics
saw wind okay tomorrow up north
perhaps Wed NE - check Ste-Rose - NO parking sign = WTF ?!?
clique the pic

15FEB Tues windski up north - report is further down
brought homemade ice sled and stuff back

16FEB Wed - wife blood test at 13h00
was supposed to go in the morning -12 degrees C 16-27NE
7h30 -13C & 12-18kph NE
8h30 -11C & 13-20kph NE should have gone here
9h15 -10C & 11-17kph E
       11h30 -6 C &  9-14kph SE 
bad direction, not enough wind and running out of time

17FEB Thu - Brandon wisdom teeth
perhaps in the afternoon with a SW
temperature ended up at +7 
        rained ALL day and snowed all night

18FEB Fri - snowstorm - snowed all night and morning
        about 1.5 feet of snow and under snow it did not seem to harden

15FEB went up north expected HARD snow like back home after the sudden drop in temperature - with melting temps before ... Supposed to be -12 C with 13-24 kph Westerlies. It was actually warmer and the winds were NOT that "strong". Tried riding on the snow, but the light/gusty winds just did NOT do it man. So, I ran the homemade icesled with the GA Flow-3 seven meter sail -- down the old skating track that now looked like an ice racetrack :-) 

Giving it a 7 outta 10...

my buddy in Oregon just got some fresh snow
check him out man !!

13FEB went and checked out the local river - it was rough cuz of the snowmobiles, but looks like it may be doable !! 

Just need a little more snow or rain and then colder temps again ...

Clique the pics :-)

Now I hafta go BACK up north and get my stuff - 4.x, 5.x and 6.3 sails with 400cm / 460cm masts & both smaller booms + tool bag + RDM extension + safety equipment plus plus at least the sled that can handle ice and now and perhaps even the homemade icesled = a lotta stuff

12FEB They were announcing 20-30kph winds from the SW and NW with temperatures lower than freezing finally.. Well, the winds never came and temps only started to drop around 14h00 - when I left. This is what I saw on the lake:

09FEB2022 This is NOT feeling like a great winter windsurf season :-( So far I have been out three times in December and twice in January ... Neither session in January was very good (six and seven outta ten). In the winter there are MANY complicating factors:

Surface: Ice can have SO many physical characteristics and snow as well ..

Temperature: This directly affects ice and snow and humans when really cold.

Wind: Mostly light winds this winter with ideal ice only in December so far ... With the snow tests that I wish to perform, I really would like more wind !!

Today I tried the O'Brian Windski on deep snow in my backyard. How is this gonna work in deep snow ?? Well, it sank about a ten inches into the snow which is about four inches deeper than the sled depth. This means the bottom of the snowboard platform may require waxing as well. This will be determined in a real wind test ...

27JAN2022 Dude FV supposed to come by this evening with a 400cm RDM Chinook mast. This is for the NorthSails Zeta 3.7 which based on my notes is supposed to be able to take a 380 or 400cm mast. When I looked at the sail this morning I noticed the markings of 385cm max for the mast. There is an open mast top... My notes also said 154-175 cm for the boom, which meant I brought the adjusted blue boom from the country yesterday !! AND then today I read the markings on the sail and it says 148cm max !! I adjusted the boom to about 150 cm which is not too bad ... Now to confirm the mast length :-( It looks like I can make the mast length close - same for the boom & this mast and boom combination should work with the WindWing 4.6 sail also. 

Obviously I purchased the mast even though it did NOT rig perfectly ...I can move the top opening down 20 cm in order to have a better rigging and the mast will work with my WindWing - as stated above...

I lowered the top extension/opening by 20 cm as discussed above and left the mast extension more than required to give more downhaul and see what will be ideal -- looks like 4cm will be the ideal setting ... with more downhaul and less outhaul it started to look a lot better .. Should also try it with the smaller yellow boom - so far so good ...

The base is set to 4 cm and that makes sense. Sail calls for 385 and the strap is 15 cm long with a cap about 4 cm deep ... 385+15= 400 cm and need adjustment for the cap ...

14JAN2022 I put the back strap on the O'Brian Windski - ready for next test, butt not in the cold now and the snow coming Monday - what a winter man !!

10JAN2022 It was a Monday and looked like there would be winds from the West of over 20kph. Based on the weather channel, winds never hit 20 - not even in the gusts. I shovelled a six foot wide path across the top of the French Bay and tried my HSM Fire 6.2 meter sail on my ice wiindski and the windskate. Coupla runs and I was done !! Normally this would have been considered a FAIL. However, I did get my exercise in, was not expecting much anyway and so, I will give this a 6 outta 10 :-)

06JAN2022 We were supposed to have winds from the WSW up north of around 20 kph. Once again it was a bit warm and the fresh powder was just too sticky. Tried the new O'Brian windski and saw that it needed wax and probably would be a whole lot better with a back foot strap - to push the board across the wind. Then tried my long ice/shallow snow board. This was after I cleared a track running North/South across the top of the French Bay. Just as I was going in to get my ice windski I catapulted and landed so hard on my back that my glasses took off lol. 

So, I put on all my safety gear and got my ice windski. By this time the wind was lighter and I was getting tired. Wind was probably less than 20 and I could have used an eight meter sail. Instead I was on GA FLOW-3 seven-oh. As I got lotsa exercise, had some GC and a shot, I am giving this a 7 outta 10. Needed more wind and better ice / snow conditions ... (Isn't retirement great man !!)                              NOTE: this was NOT with the windskate ...

The next day I put X-country wax on the O'Brian windski and it slid along much better - still need ta put a back foot strap on this baby :-)


04JAN2022 Winds have been light, some cold nights n days with a little bit of snow AND the local river, Rivière Mille Isles is frozen over (at least it is in the section where I go). The sections under the bridge on the 117 and where the current comes around the corner are NOT frozen yet.

This means I gotta go up north and get my winter stuff back home !!

Just for historical purposes ... Covid-19 is behaving as a bad virus should. Everyone seems to be getting it, Quebec curfew is 10 p.m. and ALL stores are closed on Sunday for the next 2 weeks.  As an old fart, I was entitled to and have received two Pfizer shots and one booster about a week ago. SAQ and SQDC stores will now be requesting proof of vaccination(s) in order to enter their shops. This seems to upset some people ?!?

btw SAQ = Quebec provincial alcohol outlets and SQDC = their cannabis outlets