|Sailor||2 Second Peak (Kts)||5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)||1 Hour (Kts)||Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)||Nautical Mile (Kts)||Distance Travelled (km)|
|Sammy the snail|
|Man Over Board|
|fangman (15140km): |
A better than expected session at Wamba Rd with Cap’n Calm, Muffin, Sludge, Auz and even Yoyo braved the chill. I chucked in the Barge, and Koncept 6.6 to start the session but rashly decided today was the day to christen my newest vintage Windtech. This one is a 278 Freeride from the nineties. It’s 53 wide, and thanks to Fin, the Turkish Slipper nose has been lopped off to a more friendly arc. I guess its 90 odd litres now.
For me that means it floats like a stone, but once I got it moving and unstuck it was a lively piece of kit. I expect it will be reasonably quick, but I am not sure whether the continuous rocker and decent tail Vee might limit the top end. That said, I didn’t find any real handling vices in the small chop, and I am looking forward to trying it out with a bit more breeze to see if I can gybe it and keep it planing.
Conditions were pretty typical winter westerly, and not suited to this board, my weight and staying dry. In contrast, Cap’n Calm and Sludge looked to be going at it far more successfully. (We knew Sludge was on his way even before the phone rang; there were rainbows, lollipops and poodles as far as the eye could see.) The tide was very high and the water cool from all the run off, but there were enough patches of sun and breeze to keep a smile on the dial.
Highlight - It is a very, very rare thing to see someone planing before Fin, but today Auz went planing past Fin, making him look as agile as a pizza stone. Top Ten Fangy Day right there.
|Decrepit (46779km): |
Wind was a tad off shore at Wamba, so anenometer told lies, and it was hard to judge just how much wind was out the back.
Looked like the 6.2 on the 53, with a 26 or 29 weedy. But I really wanted another go on the new board so plugged my eastuary PB fin in, (the 24@42) as it's good in chop, and rigged the 6.2 koncept. I was expecting to have to come back in and swap to the 53, but the new 48 went very well.
I had a ball.
Just a tad too choppy for me to feel comfortable downwind, but with the mast track forward, and a lower angle of attack, I was mainly sailing over the chop, just need more practice, to gain confidence I guess.
Was great to see Auz arrive, nice we have her email sorted now. And as Fangy says, a real pleasure to see her out plane Fin.
|SluGger (8365km): |
Coodanup, WA, AU
Left my young apprentice painting and headed to Coodanup,
Aus, yoyo and fin rigging up, le capitain and Fangy on the water, looked pretty windy so small board and 5.9m tr8, this was good but a fair amount of grovelling, changed up to 100l Patrik was lots better. Water was freezing should of worn booties.
Great fun sail and good to catch up with Bob at the end for a chat.
|otts (5124km): |
Glory Holes, Australind, WA, AU
late session- major slapping - rough
7m - 107
|(mu-) fin (10767km): |
Peel, Coodanup, WA,AU
Had a fun sail at fangys today,... a bit cool & lumpy but fun. Had to make some footstrap adjustments to get the bootys
to fit. Later on found I had left one a bit loose, but it didnt let go, and was fixed. I took out the 48 board which sinks a bit
when the wind isnt at full strength,... that may explain how the rumor about my weight gain started,..?????And the
Ka kon 5.8 sail didnt help much. But the fin, a 45/26cm weedi was good, stopped me drifting through the bends.
Yeah, a top day out, with sume sunshine & rainbows & all that other stuf,