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30th December 2009, 01:27 AM
Some may find this information interesting. I have carried a GPS on all outings for the last four years, and logged all the information listed below for 2009. Wind speeds are from iWindsurf.com sites where I sail.

I have been windsurfing for 25 years, am 64 years old, weigh 79kg & live in Dallas, Texas. When I sail, I don’t spend the day at the lake, I just rig, go out for at least an hour, pack up and head for home and time with the family. I attended 5 regattas, sailing in the Formula or Open class.

Averages per day for 66 days of sailing:

Top speed = 29.1 mph / 25.3 knots
Average speed = 10.7 mph / 9.3 knots
Time on the water = 71.4 minutes
Distance sailed = 12.1 miles / 19.4 km
Wind speed = 10.2 to 21.4 mph / 8.9 to 18.6 knots

Sail sizes and number of times used (there were a number of occasions where I used more than one sail during a day, but I just recorded the most used):

11.0 = 9
9.2 = 15
8.4 = 5
7.6 = 10
6.6 = 17
5.7 = 6
5.0 = 1
4.5 = 2
4.0 = 1

Boards and number of times used (there were a number of occasions where I used more than one board during a day, but I just recorded the most used):

Starboard Formula 160 - 30
Starboard iSonic 111 - 26
Hi Fly Move 105 - 9
Tiga 263 - 0
Mistral Superlight - 1

Totals for the year:

Sailing days - 66
Days sailed in Jan. Feb. Mar. - 16
Days sailed in Apr. May June - 26
Days sailed in July Aug. Sept. - 12
Days sailed in Oct. Nov. Dec. - 12
Top speed - 35.7 mph / 31.02 knots - Starboard iSonic 111 with Maui Sails TR-4 6.6 sail
Mileage - 805 miles / 1295 km
Number of days with winds gusting over 23 mph / 20 knots - 24
Time on the water - 78.2 hours
Highest wind speed sailed - 40 mph / 34.7 knots at Corpus Christi
Greatest distance sailed in one day - 22 miles / 35.4 km

30th December 2009, 05:13 AM
I kept a log this year for the first time ever, and it was very instructive to look at the results at year end. My results are not as impressive as Ken's except that I sailed a few more days: 74 for me versus 66 for Ken. Anyway, what I learned is probably obvious to everyone but me, namely, that the smaller the board and sail the faster you go. My best speed on my formula board was an unimpressive 22.2 mph, while on my 116 it was 29.4 (still not blazing fast, but I am working on speed).

In my log, I recorded the weather conditions and also whether I would have been happier had I rigged a different board or sail. From that I learned that my optimum light wind combination is my 8.5 meter sail on my 116 liter board. By optimum I mean that combination would have worked almost as well as my formula and 9.5 on really light wind days and much better than the formula and 9.5 when a sudden storm blew through. Plus it was just a lot more fun than being on the big sail/formula combo and didn't hurt my back as much. I know everyone won't agree, but for me (68 kg), it is true.

In any event, I highly recommend a log. It will tell you a lot about your equipment choices.

Thanks, Ken, for starting this thread.

mark h
30th December 2009, 05:31 AM
Hi Ken
Full credit for keeping the young ones on their toes. If I can do that at 64, I will be very happy with my life:)

Interesting stat's, especially the 9.2m and 6.6m being the most used sails. My most used over here in the UK are 9m/XL slalom and 5.8m/speedboard, weird its kinda all or nothing.

I log most sessions on GPS-Speedsurfing.com and user stat's are recorded, so finding out kit usage details are real easy:) http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/?mnu=user&smnu=sessions&uid=960

66 sessions is great. I only got 30 odd session in for 2009 due to the recession and having to spend more time keeping those blood thirsty Wolves at the gate:(

Happy new year every body:)

30th December 2009, 07:12 AM
Yes my profile is similar to Kens except lighter and no formula size gear. Basically when things look good I drop whatever and head to the water for a couple of hours, more or less, depending on what it takes to get runs in the 'zone'.

Best sailing where I live inland in Australia is winter and spring as the winds are more solid and reliable than during the hot months. Quality wetsuits and head gear is the go.

Sail range is 5.x to 8.x cambered on 110 litre slalom board.

Don't keep a log but 60 sessions a year would be the least.

The guys WS around me are maxing (averaging less) at 25-30 mph on the better days so I guess I must be peaking around those speeds when the planets are all aligned.

30th December 2009, 12:52 PM
Ive been keeping a log since 2005 of days sailed and it works great for deciding on gear choices. Ken has me by 2 kg and 14 years, but I beat him by 3 days of sailing this year. Im jealous of the days sailed through the winter though. Dec-Feb is too cold and wet here in northern CA, and since I coach football Sept-Nov. is shot so I piled up my 69 days March-Aug. Ken and I are very similar is sail sizes though. Trade in that 9.2 for a 9.8 and lose the 11.0 and we are almost dead even in sail sizes.


30th December 2009, 07:21 PM
In Finland the season, at least my season, was crap. Only 27 sessions. And ended early with knee surgery (but that was not because of windsurfing). Unfortunately for those capable of continuing the season there were unusally few windy days in the fall either.

My log can be found at MyTrims: "http://mytrims.com/sessions/index.asp?uID=2208&mypage=1" . If you login (or register) you can read the session specific comments as well.
By the way, I think MyTrims is a nice little too for all of us that are not totally focused on GPS, but want more generic session bookkeeping.

30th December 2009, 09:52 PM
Hi Guys,

I wasn't sure what response I would get by posting my stats., but I am happy to see that others get enjoyment/information from doing the same thing. When I started all this, recording top speeds was the initial focus, but it seemed logical to add the additional data. I retired in July of last summer, so the opportunity to hit the water is almost unlimited. However, summer and fall winds in central Texas are not all that great so my trips to the lake haven't come as often as I had hoped. So additional information:

Days & distance sailed in the last five years:

2005 - 51 / 719 miles (1157 km)
2006 - 59 / 722 miles (1162 km)
2007 - 47 / 604 miles (972 km)
2008 - 74 / 865 miles (1392 km)
2009 - 66 / 805 miles (1295 km)

1st January 2010, 04:49 AM
Hi Ken

I was very impressed with your data. Im 40 now and i hope when i get your age i could still be windsurfing like you do.

So from now on im going to start to log all the info as you do.
Ive created a spreadsheet for me and my friends to do it and compare data at the end of 2010.

Thanks for sharing your info with us.

Have a happy 2010 and hope the winds blow all year round


2nd January 2010, 03:24 AM

I love windsurfing so much that to keep at it, I must workout regularly on weights. The windsurfing gives me the motivation to stick with the workouts, plus I have some back issues that require me to maintain good core strength, so I must focus on that as well. This is where the age thing becomes, literally a pain in the back.

I started with an Excel spread sheet right at the beginning. I pencil in the data on the paper spread sheet after each session, and about quarterly, I input the data into the computer.

At the bottom of the spread sheet, I list the 5 best top speeds for each board along with the date achieved. This gives me a speed goal almost every time I am on the water regardless of the board that I am on.

Happy new year to all............

2nd January 2010, 05:15 AM

Just one question, what GPS are you using


3rd January 2010, 11:40 PM

Garmin Foretrex 201. It has worked great but is not state of the art. I hear that the Locosys GT 31 is the way to go, but I haven't got into Speedsurfing.com or have I downloaded any of the data off my GPS. Someday I will have to upgrade.

I keep it in an Aquapac small arm band case. The Garmin's are suppose to be water proof/resistant, but I decided that I would not take the chance. I read some reports of them leaking after hard crashes.

4th January 2010, 10:41 PM
Hi Ken

Yeap, ive been reading the same.
Soi will buy the GT 31.

4th January 2010, 11:27 PM
Interesting stats that add more perspective to windsurfing, especially for those (me) who are having more short term memory loss.

Used a Garmin Legend GPS for 375 consecutive days (5/2004-12/2006) to log 13186 miles. Always felt that time on the water was a better measure than speed, other GPS milestones follow:

133 miles- longest single day
36.1 mph- highest peak speed
<25 mph- 5.9% 26-30 mph- 50.8% 31-34 mph- 41.7% >35 mph- 1.6%
4468 miles- highest annual total
721 miles- highest monthly total (5/2006)
34.9 miles/day- average daily miles

Check out a windlog with some nice features available to anyone who wants to use it at the following:


2009 was the most annual days (163) sailed (447 hours), the data is based on a 150# with gear limited to 4.2-6.0 sails and mostly a single 90-95 L board. Primary milestones in 2009 were:

June- most consecutive days sailed at 15
July- first time to sail 21 days in a month
9 months were double digit days and 8 months were either the best or second best since 2001

Overall this data shows the summer (May-August) each year tends to be the best sailing for number of days, distance and speed with saunta-like air and water conditions. Sail usage for 1064 logged days: 4.2- 1.8% 4.7/4.8- 23.1% 5.3/5.4- 28.1% 5.8-6.0- 44.4% 6.2- 2.6%


5th January 2010, 12:47 AM

Amazing stats, interesting windlog and web page. However, you sail/live in one of the best windsurfing locations in the world. There probably aren't many out there that haven't heard of Corpus Christi, Texas and Bird Island Basin. For those that haven't, BIB is on a barrier island along the Texas coast about 20 miles south of of Corpus Christi. The prevailing winds are from the south or southeast and flow over the very flat Padre Island and then across a very large bay with shallow water. The wind tends to be side off shore as I recall except when cold fronts blow in from the north in the spring, fall and winter. If you check out Murphy's windlog, you can see that there aren't many days when you will get skunked.

It's almost always windy and it's great for year round flat water blasting, plus it's also great for learning since you can stand up for miles across the bay (1m deep).

If I had the opportunity to sail as much as Murphy, I would likely be divorced.

Del Carpenter
11th January 2010, 10:44 AM
My 2009 statistics: 94 sessions, 66% on Mistral Equipe, 15% on Starboard Formula (X-186), 4% on slalom, 11% on landsailor, 4% on snow or ice with modified toboggan.

In 2009 I raced in 10 events, in 7 states, FL, WI, IA, OH, MN, MI, & NE. 6 of the events were in the USWA NRT Open class, using the Equipe.

I'm 66, 2009 was my 26th season. December was my 190th month in a row sailing with a windsurfing rig in Iowa (I count landsailing and snow or ice sailing).

11th January 2010, 11:16 PM
Hi Del Carpenter

Im very glad looking at your sailing statistics and watching that even when you are past the 40 year old barrier you keep on windsurfing.

I started to windsurf when i was 38, 2 years ago, and regret i didnt start it early because i see the years go by and maybe i wont be able to do all i want starting so late.....but your post and Kens give me the hope....i wish when i get to 60 i still have all your energy.

Thanks a lot for inspiring me!!!


12th January 2010, 03:28 PM
Interesting exercise. Before checking i would have thought my most used sail was the Ka5.8 ..wrong and i didn,t get the board right either.This is 2 years of data,the 6.6 has only being in the kit for a year
Most used sail-
Ka Koncept 5.0-27 times
NP V8 7.0 -14 times
Ka Koncept 5.8-11 times
Ka Koncept 6.6-8times

CA 40 (Great J&B Board as well)
Starboard Kids Pro S
AB 62

Top speed 10 sec 42.3kts
Distance in a day 361
Ave per day 63km for 60 sessions
Must aim to do more TOW

Mike T
13th January 2010, 03:19 AM
Ken & Murphy
Nice windsurfing log and I have to agree with Ken, Murphy is in one of the most consistant and windiest places to sail in the US year round that is for sure. I spent nine years in Corpus Christi back in the hay day of windsurfing 1981 to 1985 and then from 1996 to 2001 stationed @ the US Coast Guard Air Station. It's a fun place to windsurf and have spent alot of time at BIB and Port Aransas and CC bay for some wave and B&J conditions.
I think I'll start a log and see what I use the most. Take it easy, Warm winds Michael

Del Carpenter
15th January 2010, 11:22 AM
Hi Mario,
There is no age 40 barrier. Per Wikipedia, Jim Drake was about 38 when he invented the universal joint in 1967, and he is still windsurfing at about age 80. As an ordinary person, I was 41 when I took my first windsurfing lesson in 1984.

15th January 2010, 11:19 PM

.........you can see that there aren't many days when you will get skunked.

If I had the opportunity to sail as much as Murphy, I would likely be divorced.

Ken, thanks for the feedback and great PR for Bird Island Basin. With all the toys you and the other posters have it would indeed be difficult to get skunked at BIB. Fortunately my wife of 38 years understands and has made it possible for lots of time on the water but unfortunately she is unable to enjoy much of it. Have to keep resisting bigger gear because of a limited allowance and to stay married.

Also thanks to Mike T for the PR for Bird Island Basin, glad to know you had the opportunity to sail in the Corpus Christi area.

For those who have been here before, come on back and for those who have not been here, come on down to the worst kept secret on the Third Coast. There are only a dozen or so locals that sail BIB regularly but there are hundreds of regular visitors each year and plenty of room for more.

Mike Murphy
CCWA BIB Launch Advocate