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4.5hrs of non-stop planing

Hamilton Harbour CCIW

65km travelled on the water, top speed of 40km/h - what a great day. Long Beach was calling but I didn't think I had the gear for it. I headed down to the harbor and got out at 11:30am.

Driving along Eastport Dr. I see white caps all over the place - oh yes! I rigged my 5.8m sail on the loosest settings. Planing conditions instantly and fully powered on my 5.8.

It was non-stop planing conditions, never really got a break. Working HARD on my gybes and almost came out planing a couple times - SO CLOSE. Focussing on keeping my weight over the board and leaning into that turn. I'm so close I can taste it. Got some good tips from an experienced sailor today, not sure of name.

About 6 of us in total today. Fun had by all. SW is the greatest direction it's so easy to stay up wind. I went all the way to the golf course many times today and then headed back fully lit. Overpowered at times on the 5.8, but I'm used to that. If I can handle 28kt gusts on the 5.8 on loose settings, could I handle 30kts when I really flatten it out? We shall see.

I'm giving this a 5/5 because the harbor doesn't get more consistent or better than this.

I would have stayed longer but the LCBO closes at 5pm so....

I'll be back tomorrow morning as early as the wind starts blowin'. Thanksgiving is at 3pm tomorrow so I have to be off the water at 2:15pm at the latest...

Weather Conditions

Consistent wind, perfect direction, warm air, water cool, not too choppy.

The Day at a Glance


  SW 21-28 20




  JP X-Cite Ride 125L/Ezzy Tiger 5.8


  4 hrs. 30 min.

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