After an hour of a full powered ripfest at Sebonac (sail sizes 3.7-4.2, the reef serving up fine ramps) Peconic Jeff headed for shore with face a-troubled. We all joined him and gathered round.
The Wolf, Scott, and I examined the trauma site. A good 6" crack, exposed foam, water inside...serious damage requiring a serious repair. Certainly unsailable.
"Tape it up," Scott said.
"I got some solarez," the Wolf offered.
"Don't be wimp," I added helpfully.
Jeff said he wasn't going to sail it anymore this day, and instead was going to begin the water draining process. Scott and I advocated standing the board up nose down so the water could drain. The Wolf countered with a suggesting of standing it nose up, so that the water might evaporate out.
"Think of a bottle with some water in it. If you leave it standing up the water evaporates out," he said.
"Think of a bottle with some water in it," I too said. "If you turn it upside down the water comes out. Maybe he should drain it first and then set it up for evaporation?"
Then we all started in again on Jeff to tape it up, maybe try a glob of ding stick or gum, and sail some more. He wisely said No again, so three of us heckled the Wolf about his Stand The Board Nose Up suggestion.
"You guys don't want to listen to anything I say," he proclaimed. So off he walked, grabbed his board and 3.7, hit the water and proceeded to tear it up some more. You won't listen to me? I'll show you how it's done!
Inspired, Scott and I launched too whilst Jeff took pictures and thought about getting better friends. Tape it up?
(Top: Scott likes to sail right up to the beach, lit. Bottom: Jibing is serious business for me when it's my first Peconic session since November. Photos by Jeff "Broken Board" Schultz.)