Murphy's Law

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."

2 years ago I had this experience together with my dad, it was a stormy day and everything went wrong that day with work. It ended in a long day (20 hours working). We worked hard to keep real human shit out of the street.

13 September 2009 was also a day like that, I am not superstitious but sometimes you can't argument about certain facts. I don't know where the motivation came from to keep on but these things went wrong:

  1. The session started with an overdownhauled sail, after 45min and being overtaken a few times I fixed this
  2. In a massive good gust on reasonable flat water I sit down, good acceleration. I actually thought this is going to be 70kmh. But after 2-3 seconds, BANG. Sail was totally wrapped up, oh SHIT my X9 snaplock failed again. Did some runs after that, but my good mood was ruined
  3. I went to shore to tape my X9 boom, and there I found my GPS (navi GT31) to be crashed. The screen was frozen and this is the 3th time in a row, time to send this one back...
  4. After 30 min I was lucky because I could use Peter his spare GPS. Unlucky because my session with this gps misses the 63kmh run...
  5. I changed my falcon 91 for Falcon 79, this was good. However with this windstrenght it was really on the edge falcon 79 + Sonntag Fins SL-S 320. I actually counted 3 seconds airtime in my best run (speed was somewhere between 63-65kmh). But it was simply to much lenght which made it feel scarry, sailed a few times 35kn, but didn't dare to throttle more.
  6. In the end I was able to do some fast runs, but it was already quite late. And ofcourse the wind started to decrease. Had to stop because otherwise it would end in a swimming session.
  7. At home my computer couldn't load GPSAR 4.12 anymore. Also the wireless internet didn't work from my computer. Maybe time to do some maintenance
Now on a 8 year old Toshiba laptop (that always works) I downloaded GPSAR & wrote this little article.

Glad my "murphy's law day" is over for this year at least !!!

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.


  1. And I thought yesterday was the worst session of the year... but this wasn't true, today I crashed my supersweet 6.2 :(

    1. My hour recordattempt the wind died, you can actually see the average speed going down, it starts with 50kmh and in the end 40kmh with lots of time wasted in gybes. Also the weed on the fin wasn't really helpfull. After a few km I discovered this since the board wasn't loose and felt draggy ;)
    2. My RS:Slalom 6.2 MKIII is dead. Why me, sailing downwind my board or fin hitted something. I made a catapuly and flew over my gear. For 99% sure I haven't touched the sail. But sadly monofilm below crossbatten blasted out. Just by waterpressure. Why me??
    3. 63kmh average was possible (even faster), because the wind increased after my sail was gone.

    What a timing just a few days before the first USM possibility. Have to make some calls tomorrow, decide what to do, maybe some big changes.

  2. Lost my Nautical Mile record also on Amstelmeer. Peter now the battle has begon!!!! Will try to do a 60kmh Nautical Mile, guess this one would be harder to beat!