Funny this thread got posted today....I couldn't find anyone to shuttle with and the wind was cranking on the north shore of Maui so, for the first time in 2 years, I broke out my sailing gear and went to Kanaha.
Of course, all my shit belongs in a museum, it is all at least 15 years old. I rigged a 4.7, went out for one underpowered reach, came in, rigged a 5.2. Went back out, made 4 super fun, fully powered up reaches and managed to break 2 foot straps. Came back in. Left my gear rigged, jumped in the truck, went down Amala to the windsurf shop and bought 3 used foot straps. Came back to the beach and installed. Grabbed my harness and FINALLY, went back out. Got a solid hour of overpowered sailing. It ROCKED! Of course, the wind picked up so much that I was having a lot of spin outs and was sailing completely overpowered. I really should have gone in an rigged back down to the 4.7 again. SHEESH.
But, what a frustrating and equipment-intensive sport. No wonder I don't do it any more. I am going to try and keep it on my radar though. Near the end of my awesome sailing sesh, Jimmy Lewis and a few others paddled by on their way in from a downwinder. I have to admit, I would have rather been paddling than sailing but it was still a blast. The parking lot and beach crowd, me included, looked like the Shady Acres Rest Home bus had had a major escape. There were quite a few younger people sailing too but they all, every one of them under 45, had accents from countries all around the world, but not from the US.