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grayson



Joined: 09 May 2003
Posts: 89
Location: Burlington, VT

PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2021 9:59 pm    Post subject: Lake Champlain — BIG windfoil downwinder Reply with quote

So I sailed a pretty big downwinder the other day...

LINKS:
Relive: Windfoiling Downwinder Lake Champlain = cool video animation of my track
Garmin Connect: Windfoil Downwinder Lake Champlain = track details & stats

STATS:
• 85 miles total sailed
• 42 miles end-to-end shortest-path-over-water
• 08:32 start time
• 17:05 end time
• 8½ hours start to finish including shore breaks
• ~6 hours total sailing time**
• ~14mph average speed**
• 25.4mph max speed
• >100 jibes — yes, I counted 'em in my track log Laughing

**including a few on-water rests, and just a mile or so of schlogging literally within the last two miles of the trip — otherwise I was on the foil pretty much the entire time!!

GEAR:
• Starboard foilset (1000 wing, 225 stab, 115+ fuse, 110 mast)
franken-formula-foil-board (old ML101 with DIY modified footstrap positions)
• Ezzy Hydra Sport sails (5.7 to start, then 4.7 from the Surf Club on)

THE SKINNY:

Saturday evening 2021-08-28: The forecast looked pretty stellar, so I made arrangements to try for something I'd been dreaming of for years...

Sunday morning 2021-08-29: A generous friend (thanks Tim!!) shuttled me to Thompsons Point for a launch, and then left my truck for me at the Burlington Surf Club so I'd have options to either end there, or take a break and re-rig there as needed before continuing on. The wind was still hootin' when I got there, and the forecast looked good, so I opted for the latter.

I enjoyed fully lit conditions all the way up to Plattsburgh, where I took the opportunity to refuel at the Naked Turtle with fish tacos and a mojito.

Wind was still full-throttle, so on I went.

Finally ended the day at Alburgh Dunes State Park where my spouse reaffirmed her superstar status by picking me up. I had stayed in touch with her along the way (I keep my phone in a Stash7 waterproof pouch for far-flung missions), and timing worked out perfectly.

Epic day altogether. I'm still giddy that the stars aligned and I actually pulled this off after years of saying "someday...". Very Happy



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windward1



Joined: 18 Jun 2000
Posts: 1296

PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Grayson,

Congratulations on an imagined trip turned into a reality! Sounds like it worked out perfectly.


And look at those Island names: Grand, South Hero, North Hero. Sound inspirational to me....
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fox



Joined: 09 Sep 1997
Posts: 130
Location: Pine Point, Maine

PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2021 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Truly epic! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

From the elevation statistics I could tell you were using a garmin watch Rolling Eyes
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grayson



Joined: 09 May 2003
Posts: 89
Location: Burlington, VT

PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fox wrote:
From the elevation statistics I could tell you were using a garmin watch Rolling Eyes

Yup. Fenix5. Other than the elevation weirdnesses, I'm a huge fan. Only other quip I have is how exclusively "fitness"-focused the watch is out-of-the-box. So many great features for navigation/adventure/etc, but you really have to spend a lot of time configuring the watch, finding Garmin's other apps, etc to make good use of it for those functions.

Two features I especially appreciated for this particular adventure:

LiveTrack
Allowed my spouse and some friends to watch my progress in real time along the way, with high-resolution track data and negligible impact on my phone's battery.

Reply to Text Message
Allowed me to read txt messages on my watch, and to send pre-configured replies right from the watch buttons, meaning I could txt my wife updates literally while foiling along!

Plus of course navigating to a waypoint, which allowed me to easily see my progress toward my destination along the way. Pretty handy having all that on my wrist with no need to fish my phone out of my pocket and fumble with the touchscreen through its waterproof pouch.

...although I did pull my phone out to snap this selfie while foiling along! Cool



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boardsurfr



Joined: 23 Aug 2001
Posts: 1252

PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grayt trip! Any plans to come to Cape Cod this fall?
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justall



Joined: 30 Jul 2007
Posts: 437

PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an excellent post.

Really interesting to look at the data. And, just a very cool trip. Gives me some ideas, too.

(Funny to see the heart rate peak at the beginning and end, presumably when getting the equipment on and off the water ... the hardest part.)

Thanks for the read.
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tm00



Joined: 21 Jul 2000
Posts: 239
Location: Lake Champlain - NY

PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Trip
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outcast



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just saw this....yeah, that's full on!
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Mgoetz



Joined: 06 Jun 1997
Posts: 45

PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang - over 100 jibes?! I guess I better stop procrastinating and start working on getting my first. Very impressive accomplishment! How do you like that big mast? Feeling a little puny with my 80 cm NP Glide Wing.
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:36 am    Post subject: Re: Lake Champlain — BIG windfoil downwinder Reply with quote

The details are impressive enough in themselves, but the part you'll never forget is this: "Epic day altogether. I'm still giddy that the stars aligned and I actually pulled this off after years of saying "someday...". I pulled off a successful "someday", aligned-stars quest decades ago, and can promise you that yours, too, will stick with you always.

BTW ... nice pic of your daughter.
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