|Trojan (3690km): |
East Point, Mackay QLD, AU
Wind was blowing, sun was out but the low tides meant my usual haunt was not sailable after 9am. Thought I'd give the South end of Harbour beach a go, which turned out fairly challenging, side shore wind with boom height shore break, light and gusty in the surf line and powered up in the enormous washing machine chop out wide. Certainly not the place for slalom gear, spent lots of time off the throttle even with FSW kit.
Mental note...Aim for the last of the outgoing tide to avoid full blown wind vs tide. Fanatic 113 FSW, Ezzy Lion 6.5 etc.
|Benny McCarthy (96km): |
Holloways Beach, QLD, AU
Exocet 135 Loft 7.4 Speed Slider 45
Opted out on PD today with the weather looking dubious. Met Freddo at the usual spot just before 2pm with very little wind present. Freddo decided not to pull his gear out while I proceeded to, main reason being to check how my handy patch work Loft sail rigged up- suprisingly well I have to say with the bear tape and cosmetic stickers... Had a quick chin wag, the wind picked up a little so in went the rig for me to bob around in the slop for a bit of practice.
Currently in agreeance with Ed, I'd rather sail overpowered than under. Will be keeping an eye on the forecasts for tomorrow.
"Long may our big jibs draw!"
|Andrew (518km): |
Port Douglas, QLD, AU
A case of all dressed up and nowhere to go. The high winds of the last two days were replaced with mediocrity. I twisted Ian's arm to get him down from the mountains and the wind Gods had nothing to offer us. Ed came down on his dirtbike to see nothing going on. I had my isonic 133 with my new North S-Type 7.8m. It comes as a switch cam - the option to run two cams for easier control and the bottom cam when fitted gives more grunt. The wind teased us for more than two hours., coming in a little stronger right near the end - and largely Southerly, which is never good. It was great to spend some time with Ian, but nothing happened, no kitesurfers - nothing. The sun came out for about 5 minutes = just to remind us that we do live in Paradise. Hoping for a sail later on in the week - from Tuesday if possible. Congratulations to Kel who now seems to be number one in Australia on KA.72. Looking forward to the arrival this week of my new toy - 2016 Neil Pryde Hornet 7.2m Twin Cam.