39: It was windy out of the West (across the river) in Essex today. The shifts were so big it was hard to go upwind. If you got headed you could easily end up in irons and that happened to me a few times. I almost flipped to windward as well. I definitely flipped more than once on the reaches. One reach had a puff so big I stopped and lufed for a while until it passed. That was the one race I won today. I think I finished 2nd for the day which isn't great. I was kind of just going through the motions in the first two races. At least it was good exercise.