|dr cam (29065km): |
Green Island, QLD, AU sse wind 20-25 knots .Quick squirt on the island on the rrd 90 e9 6.4 tsw 27 before the water got too shallow.
Nice way to spend a morning .
Benny went wave sailing today so no back up ...
|Benny McCarthy (244km): |
Holloways Beach, QLD, AU
Exocet 135 Severne Convert 6.7
Short little bob around in the ocean for a little more practice.
Intended on heading to PD for a sail this afternoon after working this morning until the traffic was at a stand still at Smithfield - should have known better with the Ironman on this weekend... Quick U turn back to Holloways it was. Light wind when I got on the water, would have rigged bigger but only took the one sail in the car as the idea was to rig Andrew's 7.2 NP sail today at PD seen as it is planned to be a new addition to my kit.
Saw Kel heading back in as I was heading out- a tell tale sign.
The Severne Convert 6.7 Sail feels super light when rigged which I think suits me well for where I am at when sailing in solid wind conditions- thanks Billy for the advice. Looking forward to taking it to GI sometime soon.
"Long may our Big Jibs Draw!"
| Ed (14015km): |
Port Douglas, QLD, AU Due to the fact that most of my sails are dead or in 'intensive care'... i was forced to go sailing in a good stiff 18 to 22kts using 7.8m gastra on 97lt isonic..I cranked it down as hard as i possibly could and pretended it was a 6.5m...Had an unreal session and was very impress with how easy big Gastra rig was to handle while playing 'hard ball' out in the big pool.. Was totaly lit up the whole time and not working very hard...We had a bit of everything out there today,water was a bit flatter than usual in close but there was some 'hard core.' chop out the back and some nice big rolling waves to play on..All good fun.....Had some good drags with Ian who was hard to catch at times on small Futura with 6m rig..Andrew was blasting around on big Isonic new sail,and looking good...Wind started to drop off later in the day so i bolted home while i had the chance..Cheers Ed..
|Andrew (630km): |
Port Douglas, QLD, AU Another glorious afternoon up here. Sailed with my mate Ed, and Ian, who came down from the mountains and the journey seemed to be well worth it. We had a very diverse range of equipment being used in order to deal with the same conditions on the water. Ed was there with his 97 litre isonic and running the Gaastra Savage 7.8m with the biggest cranked down downhaul I have ever seen him run. The top half of the sail was completely twisted off and he was screaming along, pretty much overpowered for most of the time. Ian had his futura and looked really happy blasting along with his 6m sail. I went with my big board, isonic 133 and 46cm fin again - and rigged my brand new Hornet twin cam 7.2metre which I am absolutely loving. I had it pretty much downhauled as much as I needed and trimmed the outhaul as I went along. This sail is fantastic, the two cams give it a nice belly, and when the wind comes through it slips along onto the plane nicely indeed. I thought the twin cam would be harder to control in the heavy wind, but it is actually easier, more stable and more locked in = so I can sail along with only a light grip on the boom, and easily take a hand off. There were twelve kites out there, but they didn't last long, and we were just getting warmed up. Tomorrow the Ironman locks us out of Port Douglas for the day, but looking forward to the next few days where the wind seems to continue. Hope everyone got out and had some fun.
Looking at my results it seems that I have scored another PB for two days in a row - Happy to "up" my modest 1 hour/Knots mark to 9.014. I have to follow Ed out into the distance sometime from now on.
|Ian (1583km): |
Port Douglas, QLD, AU
A great sail with Ed and Andrew untli the wind died on the final run. Used Futyra 90, TribaL WS 27, Sailworks 6m. Probably was a little under fined but good afternoon.