The West Coast Speedsters (W, United States of America) - 2017-12-29
Sailor 2 Second Peak (Kts)5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)1 Hour (Kts)Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)Nautical Mile (Kts)Distance Travelled (km)
Barton
24.854(D)
18.507(D)
3.869(D)
11.298(D)
17.596(D)
7.342(D)
Roo
43.08(D)
34.87(D)
1.63(D)
5.98(D)
0(D)
3.1(D)
Roo Jr.
Jay-Anthony
Marc
Aron
RD
Taty
Amado
Terence B
Juvannie
Nagel
Alexander
Terence C
Bimbi
Chen
Average33.9726.692.758.648.805.22
Barton (4366km):
170 days ago
6 categories

Lac Bay, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

2014 Sailworks Retro 6.5, 2017 iSonic 107, Black Project Freeride Delta 21. Wind: ~ 16 knots

Today was going to be a day for practicing laydown jibes... didn't happen. Looked on the webcam before rigging, saw bundles of seaweed on the beach. Fortunately, I brought my only weed fin, the Black Project Freeride Delta 21 cm. Decided to rig the Retro to make it easier to waterstart when I would certainly botch port tack laydowns. First run across the bay was decent, the BP Delta obviously would not point like a slalom fin, but it held pretty well, no spin outs. The pluses of using the BP Delta was that I could make a run deep in to the mangrove shallows, which I did, and it did a wonderful job with the floating weed patches. Unfortunately, I swung wide on the jibe so only a little part of the jibe counted in the Alpha, but the jibe felt good. Back to the launch area for some minor adjustments and another run, also decent but a little too deep and hit the mud bottom in the mangroves. Turned around and realized I was in trouble. The wind turbine south of the bay usually points between NE and SE, it was now pointing almost S which meant I had to sail directly into the wind to get back. This was due to a rain squal moving through south of the bay. OK, took the indirect route back but the wind was also dropping so it was mostly just a long slow slog. Finally got back to the launch area and waited, and waited for the wind to pick back up. As the graph shows, it didn't. Good for Aron, Amado, and Taty on their foils, not so good for me rigged for high teen wind speeds... Basically, sailing session was over after only two runs...

I stumbled into Kuma's camera frame today. Roo, does the stance look less stiff?



Roo (11636km):
170 days ago
1 categories

Nice end of year session at ARooBar. Good to finish 2017 as the fastest windsurfer in the USA again! Upped the 100m speed for the 2017 USA Speed Challenge to 42.63knots. https://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/default.aspx?mnu=event&val=478

40 knots gusting 50 on the course so took out a new 5.0 to test. First run felt a bit overpowered but settled in before the water level got too low to do any more runs. Quite pleasant with a warm pineapple express all the way from Hawaii with nice warm moist wind and lots of rain. Didn't wear any weight, in hindsight may have helped but everything felt comfortable as it was. Lightest windsurfing weight I've ever been 170 pounds, good to see it's not affecting my speed too much.

 

2017 Loft Race Blade 5.0, Mistral Speed 41, Tribal Sym 23, GW-60.

Wind 40 gusting 50 knots Too much south so tight on first leg of the course and too broad for second leg.



Comments
Greggo


WA
Australia
170 days ago

WooHoo great speed RooCool

Barton


W
United States of America
169 days ago

CONGRATULATIONS ROO! Cool. Happy that everything (at least sort of) lined up for you and you had decent temperature! And congratulations on your second best 2 Sec Ave posted to GPSTC!

Now, back on the exercise equipment and prepare for Defi Laughing

STROPPO


WA
Australia
169 days ago
Yeah nice peek Roo😎
Sailquik


VIC
Australia
169 days ago

Nice speeds Roo. Cool Also nice to see you got to sail that spot in good conditions again. Smile

Roo


W
United States of America
169 days ago

Thanks for the support guys, always nice to get a dose of speed...especially at my favorite spot ARooBar.

 

Barton stance looks good, try the boom even lower to get out further away from the gear and load it up.

Barton


W
United States of America
169 days ago

Roo, the scary part is that I'm actually starting to think like you Embarassed! The part that is deceiving with the photo is that the boom height is set at the same height (and the absolute lowest height) that I can set it for when using the Gaastra Vapors. The Sailworks Retro apparently has a slightly bigger boom cutout, or maybe lower, or, whatever, the point is that I have already set the boom height as low as I can on the Vapors. I only set it as in the photo for consistency between sails. 

I'm a little stumped as to where to go now - seems like the only option is longer harness lines (using 30 inch now). I have a set of Severne adjustable that will go to 32 inch, so I can try that but at some point I think my arms will need to grow longer in order to get any further away from the rig...Laughing

Barton


W
United States of America
169 days ago

One point I forgot to mention, the Gaastra carbon boom that I use with the Vapors is actually a couple of cm wider than the Maui Sails boom in the picture. This extra width of course gets me further away from the sail (without stretching my arms Smile ).

Roo


W
United States of America
169 days ago

Longer lines and drop you butt. Can you drop the extension 1 notch so the sail is down lower?

Barton


W
United States of America
169 days ago

re: dropping the extension: Even using the RigWinch I can barely get enough downhaul on the sail now (per Taty's recommendation). There is maybe an inch between the sail pulleys and the mast base pulleys. Unfortunately, the Chinook mastbase pulleys are perpendicular to the GA sail pulleys so the rope needs to rotate 90 degrees and this rotation takes up most of the space. I have been wondering if I should switch to mast bases where the pulleys are in the same plane as the sail pulleys (I think Neil Pryde mast bases are the only ones I have seen like this). I have wondered for years why the mast base pulleys and sail pulleys don't align...

Alsosnoff


USA
United States of America
169 days ago

Good job ROO. You still have a day tomorrow:-)

 

Roo


W
United States of America
168 days ago

Had a feeling the other day that the course was getting shallower and narrower. Checked back through some gps logs to see if that's the case.

First picture is from 2006, had just sailied ARooBar for the first time and done over 40 knots, 2s was 42.815 knots on a F2 Sputnik 270 WCE from 1990.

Second photos is 11 years later, you can see the course has filled in by nearly 90 yards. Peak 2s was 43.079 knots on Mistral SP41. Looks as if things may get worse, course very dependant on tide and narrower window of opportunity. My resolution for 2018 is to get down there every chance it looks possible to get a 40 knot session before it's gone.

Barton


W
United States of America
168 days ago

Mother Nature isn't always kind... Frown