|Sailor||2 Second Peak (Kts)||5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)||1 Hour (Kts)||Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)||Nautical Mile (Kts)||Distance Travelled (km)|
|Pip (Old codger)|
|Sailquik (16223km): |
Lake George, SA.
Yet another top day on the Lake. Not quite as windy as yesterday but close. SSE direction and hard to snag gusts for a good peak speed. I got a couple of speed runs on Port tack and I think there will be a very nice speed strip there when the wind goes more SE.
Lots of 40 peaks today and lots and lots of 39's, but nothing lasted more than a brief burst.
I tried a few different fins today. Why not when you have such consistent conditions and easy access?.
Choco gave me a Curtis/Roo/Choco rebox 40 deg. weedie to try. 17cm and really nice looking. I was really loving it up to the point where I wasn't anymore. I was geting over confident in it and pushed too hard through some corrugated chop. It ventilated at 40 knots, which was a bit scary, but I eased off and stood up and it gripped again after 10-20 meters. other than that incident it was going upwind very well and felt very secure off the wind. Definitly worth another try.
Then I tried a 16cm Duo 40deg Lessacher fin Wolfgang sent me a few years ago to try at Luderitz. I have not been back yet and have newer got around to trying it elsewhere, but it is definitly a GEM! It absolutely trucked upwind for such a tiny fin and smashed through the chop with not a hint of spinout. Same on the speed runs and I was getting bolder and bolder in the small chop, but it never faltered. Considering it was not right in the box and 2mm proud, I thought that was a very good sign. This one will definitly get some miles in Future! Double assy, 40 rake with cutaway.
After that I was pretty stuffed.
I sailed all the session with the KA Koncept 2018 just because I wanted to get more miles on it. Considering there was less than 30 knots the whole time, I was super impressed again. The 5.4m may have been a bit faster off the wind but not sure.
My second experiment was to swap out the wide rear on the boom and swap in the standard rear end. I could not bag the sail quite as deep downwind, but I was getting the batten across the boom, locking the draft forward and it could very definitly feel the difference. Much nicer and less tiring. Off the wind with the outhaul bagged it felt just as good as the wide. I think I will stick with the standard rear end.
All in all a very productive day of testing things. More to come. Maybe tomorrow, and then the wind seems to be backing off for 7 to 10 days. I will go home after tomorrow and come back when the next lot appears.
CA40, Fins: Curtis/Roo/Choko 17cm, Lessacher 16cm Duo 40 special, 2018 KA Koncept 5.0m. Wind a solid 25 with brief gusts to high 20's, maybe 30.
Water level holding around -0.171 at the Flood level sign, but we expect it to rise significantly (10-15cm?) when the wind drops off.