|Andrew (10266km): |
Foreshore Rd, Botany, NSW, AU 25-35kt NW-WNW || Exocet RS3, 5.6OD, 34ERD
Fairly consistant for a NWer. Managed with the 5.6 but only just. Could have gone with the 32ERD intead of the 34; a bit choppy to begin with so it paid to stick as close as possible to the runway. An outgoing tide seemed to help iron out some of the bumps.
Sailed with Artur who took his RS1 for its first runs, and he also held onto a 6.3 in pretty darn strong wind! Virginia (the little lady with the big heart) was also out, and Remi hit the water absolutely flying - looking forward to seeing the numbers, boys!
Initially I rigged the 5.1 Reflex for the first time, with its ideal mast. A bit tricky getting on the bottom two cams. Had to let off a bit more downhaul, and maximse outhaul to get them on. For a small sail it seems to have quite a lot of downhaul tension - to the point where the Chinook extension gave up and kind of distorted itself. Couldn't even get the base to attach as the extension's holes (in its aluminium shaft and also in its plastic base) didn't line up, so one of the bases's pins didn't go in. Overall the joint looked a bit dodgy and not worth the risk, so it was back to the carpark to rig the 5.6. Maybe I need a new base/extension. Definitely 3 pulleys will be a better option for the Severnes (obviously ) and this time in the market for standard euro pin.
Out on the water, a slight lapse of concentration while re-insterting the back foot in the strap, and a sharp gust made me pay - catapaulted onto my left shin. Bit of a bruise and 10 minutes of limping around, but it's ok and no other damage. Really happy to put together some productive sailing (AND learn a few things about gear) in what felt like pretty challenging conditions.