|Sailor||2 Second Peak (Kts)||5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)||1 Hour (Kts)||Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)||Nautical Mile (Kts)||Distance Travelled (km)|
|Birdman (2707km): |
What a great return to windsurfing after a long break. Down to Coodanup and logged a steady 90 minutes t.o.w. being careful not to overdo it. The weedbergs were like a carpet in close but there was plenty of flat water further out.
After my second planing run my mast broke about 500mm from the tip but fortunately didn't snap completely so I was able to keep on going. I had started the day forgetting to bring the boom height batten for my 6.5, and after another 30 minutes the second camber inducer popped out. Then after one hour my universal snapped. Fortunately the rope held together and I could keep going because the base plate avoided damage to the board. I couldn't have given a rats toss. I was having fun.
Looking forward to getting more sailing in this season, including my boys....
Oh yeah, then when I got home I accidently deleted the entire session on my GW60 - first time user.. I did see a max speed of 28 knots on the watch but it don't matter....
BTW I can't get my PC to recognise the watch. I set it to USB but it doesn't show up anywhere... Can anyone clue me in please?
|Jase (2687km): |
Melville Beach, WA, AU A quick local for me. Was a bit weird today. Wind felt strong but bearaways felt empty. Was pretty shifty and very gusty too and I got tuckered out pretty quick from the backwinding and lots of cold soakings. Good to get some sun though and get the lungs working. boardies and rashie, yip yip!! 97/6.6/27
|Lunny (28569km): |
Peel Inlet, WA, AU
Nice outing to Liptons with a few Pinnas and MMob.
Wind didnt deliver as expected but was fairly cruisey
It shut down around 430 which made it hard work to get back.
Pat SL92, Reflex6 6.2, Tribal ws 25
|Flatchat (5571km): |
Peel Inlet, WA, AU
Liptons for the first true seabreeze, but didn't quite come in as forecasted. Ended up being quite a cruisy sail and was good fun ploughing through the snot. Second time on the delta fin kindly loaned by Anita. Quite surprised at how well it sailed, but felt sluggish, just no lift from the fin. Good turn up from team Pinna and good to catch up with the local mobsters as well.
SB i87, NP E5 6.4m, Delta 21
|Boz (14010km): |
Peel Inlet, WA, AU
Rookie mistake, rig for the condition not what is expected, rigged the 5.5 expecting a bit more as the day went on, pity didn't eventuate. Used the 18 Delta XT for the hour happy to see a fairly reasonable 1 hr considering the back and forth across the channel. Good to catch up with Mike, Hardie and Toby from the MOB, great to see Lunny, Anita and Tim enjoying the day as well
Manta 58 Delta 18 KAR 5.5
|Windxtasy (9385km): |
Peel Inlet, WA, AU 54 Manta, 18 Kestrel, 5.7Koncept
The forecast for today was warm, sunny and windy; a combination we have not had for months, and I had day off! I was so excited last night I could hardly sleep!
Fate tried to trip me up at the first hurdle this afternoon when my wetsuit would not zip up. Even with assistance the zip would not budge, and I ended up abandoning that wetsuit entirely. Fortunately the other sailors were spared the sight of my winter white body in a bikini because I had a backup wetsuit with me.
Finally I got on the water and went to hook in but... no harness. Back to the car for the harness.
I thought I'd go for a nautical mile, and knowing that a mile is from the carpark, across the channel to the end of Point Grey, my plan was to go further. Unfortunately fate succeeded in tripping me up on that one, as I was unable to sail deep enough to avoid the weedclot on Point Grey and was catapulted into the shallows.
Back over to Liptons corner, there never was enough power to get up any decent speed. The forecast had delivered on sun, but it never got quite as warm as forecast, and the wind fell far short. Unfortunately all of us rigged for the forecast (which was meant to pick up as the afternoon went on) and not the current conditions, so we were sadly underdone. After taking a wind meter reading I was very tempted to rig my 6.2, but to go out with the same size sail as Lunny and Hardie, and a bigger one than Boz and Decrepit seemed a bit silly.
It was a bity about being underpowered because the gear all felt nicely balanced and set for more speed if the power was there.
Never the less I went for my fave nautical mile run down Ward Point. There were lots of areas of thick weed on the surface, which made for nervous but very smooth sailing in places, although there must have been considerable drag on the fin.
On the way back a disguised weedberg catapulted me again, and I came up out of the weedy soup looking like the creature from the green lagoon. Me, the sail and the board were covered in green filamentous weed. I wish someone had a camera.
Unfortunately the second catapult was too much for my harness line, and it decided to part company with the boom at the mast end. I managed to tie it back on with a piece of rope I used as an outhaul rope last week when the sail I was using did not have an applecore in it, but it was not very secure.
I made it back up to Liptons corner and about this time the wind decided it had blown enough for the day and would go home. I was wanting to get home too, and that required two long upwind legs across the channel, which was hard work, demonstrating light wind skills on a speedboard. I guess I should be glad the wind was not nuclear, because I doubt the harness line would have held on in strong wind. Lunny was dogging along trying to get home too. For the first time in history I actually caught up with him and passed him. The advantage of being a light weight again.
Thanks to Boz, Tim and Lunny for the company, and it was good to see Decrepit and Hardie again, and to meet Toby.
It was good to feel healthy enough to sail. I am not sure I will be able to say the same tomorrow. I feel multiple sore spots that were overstretched during the catapults. Even a heavily raked weedfin is not protection enough for the Peel Estuary at present. Sailors beware.
|Kenny (10632km): |
Point Walter, WA, AU
Couldnt join the team at Liptons so went for a quick session at Pt Walter. Was windiest when I arrived but gradually dropped with each run along with my speeds. Even a couple of weedbergs near the spit which were thick enough to almost cause a catapult.
5m overdrive, 91 mistral, 25 tribal ws