i was in cabarete last week, and winds were kind of light, so
i spent a few days sailing a starboard formula 117 with a 9.0,
(vela had it in wood construction, and i _really_ liked it -
probably my favorite of any formula board i have sailed).
i was pumping like a maniac while exiting a jibe, and i'm not
sure exactly what happened - either i went for the footstrap
too agressively, or my foot slipped on the board. whichever
happened, my little toe hit the front strap hard, resulting in
really intense pain - i had to stop sailing.
so, of course the next day was a nice 5.0 day. i tried, but it
hurt too much. basically, any kind of compression (like a foot-
strap) was too painful. after one jibe, i missed the strap by
just a cm or so, stubbed it, and was screaming in pain. so i quit.
the funny thing was that a guy i met, had just the day before
been explaining to me that i should wear booties on vacation
because of the risk of a foot injury ruining my trip. "no way",
i said. oh well.
as it turned out there wasn't much wind anyway, so i didn't miss
much. i did manage to do a fair bit of training in a laser (they
can be rented from the bic center), which - since i race a laser -
was pretty much fun, and not nearly as *** my little toe as
i got home on sunday, and had it x-rayed yesterday. it's pretty
well broken. i'm kind of surprised that i did so much damage just
by hiting a footstrap with the toe.
i guess it should be okay by the time the season starts here in