WOW! You really put your Sport to the test. I agree that when the going gets rough, simply point your Sport in the right direction and really crank on the pedals, and it'll get you there.
I was once caught out in the middle of a large lake on my Sport, when a fair weather wind burst hit. The waves and current were larger than anything I had attempted before, and opposite the direction I needed to go. I simply leaned back, hunkered down low in the seat, and pedalled the fastest I thought I could hold for an hour, and I made it back to shore in half that. Other than being wet from head to toe, and a gallon of water in the hull from the hatches being submerged most of the time, I made it back OK.
Thus far, I've noticed two conditions that can dump me. One is a series of waves hitting on the side with just the right frequency will cause a rolling motion and try to flip me. The second is a following swell, where the yak starts to surf, gets close to hull speed, the nose begins to bury, causing drag, and then the back end gets light and trys to turn sideways. You know what happens when it gets sideways!
Thanks for the wonderful story
I agree that there is nothing like the feeling of being on a Sport in a beautiful area. Yesterday, I went to a pond in the San Jose, CA, hills to test out my yak after replacing my old hatches with the newer design hatches. I floated among the ducks and geese, including babies, with reeds and birds nearby, all while watching hang gliders launch overhead.