One Eyed Cantabrians (Sth Is, New Zealand) - 2019-06-08
Sailor 2 Second Peak (Kts)5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)1 Hour (Kts)Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)Nautical Mile (Kts)Distance Travelled (km)
Dan M
35.689(D)
31.366(D)
0(D)
19.267(D)
19.711(D)
12.92(D)
Stephen
30.84 [PB](D)
28.54 [PB](D)
14.23 [PB](D)
18.39 [PB](D)
22.39 [PB](D)
29.18 [PB](D)
Mike Sinclair
Glen
Allan Taylor
Terry A
Scope
Dan
whererulucy
Ned Tamatea
Shane Blake
Dinks
Sean Patterson
Ben Collins
Terry Beentjes
Fred de Haas
g
Veeman
Steven Mc
Taylor
Dave
nzakka
Holly
Finn
Derek R
MrFish
Ben
Pete
Tom O'Neill
Miranda
John
Fenella Bowater
Allan Taylor
Average33.2629.957.1218.8321.0521.05
Dan M (4379km):
13 days ago
6 categories

Cold morning sailing in a gusty southerly, too cold to stay out for long.

Wind was all or nothing typical southerly

CA Sl87, Maui TR9 5.5m, VR30

 

Christchurch Estuary, NZ



Stephen (29km):
11 days ago
6 categories

First post...finally! 

A quick winter sail between kids sporting events. Was too bumpy for any good speed but great to get out on the water.  Water and air temp approx 13degrees, feet numb after an hour but rest of me toasty warm. 

S to SW 25knots gusting 40knots, in survival mode at times when the big gusts came through! 

Nelson estuary, New Zealand - added a zoomed out map pic as I'm probably the only one posting from this location

IS87, KA Koncept 5.4, Venom 29, GW-52

 



Comments
NBR


NSW
Australia
12 days ago

Good going there Dan, it must be getting  a wee bit chilly by now.

Maree Jordan


NSW
Australia
12 days ago
Nice speeds dan
Maree Jordan


NSW
Australia
10 days ago
Impressive start to gps stephen
Mike Sinclair


Sth Is
New Zealand
10 days ago

Welcome to the team Stephen, keep the posts coming.

Stephen


Sth Is
New Zealand
10 days ago

Thanks Maree and Mike.

Its been a long time coming as I was orignally planing to get involved waaay back (7 years ago) when I was in Chch, then we moved to Nelson and been busy with a young family. Still busy now, but at least now I get SOME time on the water. 

Lots of windless days up here in the winter, but with any luck we will get a few good storms and I can get out on the water post some results Laughing

 

Maree Jordan


NSW
Australia
9 days ago
Looks like it could be a brilliant speed run from the right direction or does it get too choppy
Stephen


Sth Is
New Zealand
9 days ago

The predominant string wind in Nelson is SW (like in my posting) and NW through to NE.  Sea breeze is NNE 11 to 18knots in the summer. 

The Boulder Bank 'run' only works in NW which happen a few days of the year + you need a high tide.  On a NW You can launch in the same spot in my posting, sail upwind over to the bank and with enough wind you can sail on a broad reach parallel to the bank for approx 4km, then pinch up wind back to the launch spot and repeat. The bank is high (over mast high) and it reduces the wind as you get closer to it so you need to be REALLY over powered on the upwind to enjoy a decent downwind run.  I will post results + map next time this happens. 

 

Stephen


Sth Is
New Zealand
9 days ago

FWIW - this channel at low tide (0.8m to 2.5m) is the most acccessible speed spot in Nelson and works with NW through to NE

Nelson - low tide

Maree Jordan


NSW
Australia
9 days ago
Thanks
Dan


Sth Is
New Zealand
8 days ago

Welcome to the team Stephen..good start, well done... Dan M....i went down but no one there

Sailquik


VIC
Australia
7 days ago

Welcome to GPSTC Stephen. Smile

I admit I have studied that area in Google Earth many times, trying to work out if the barrier was low enough for a good speed spot. Laughing

Many thanks for your first hand description. 

That east west channel looks pretty good though for NW/NE! How regularly does the tide get low enough? I look forward to seeing your posts when it works. Smile

It would be great to see a map from your post spot also Dan. Smile

 

edit: More questions: How low is that road/land connection to Pipin Island? Is it a nice falt water spot on NW wind? And does Delaware bay have any potential for speed runs?

Stephen


Sth Is
New Zealand
6 days ago
I also enjoy searching and trying new spots!  I will share as much as I can when I have results to post. 
With regards to Nelson estuary, the tides in this area range from 3.2M high (1.4M low) and up to 4.6high (0.4m low). 
The highest two sand banks in the estuary are 3.0m high, so tide levels 3.3m and above it is safe to use the entire estuary. This generally equates to 1.5 to 2 hours each side of high tide. 
The speed strip can be used 0.8M to 2.5M. There are small sandbanks in the west end of the strip about 0.5m high, if you know where they are you can dodge them but sailing 0.8m and above you don't have to worry.  Above 2.5m, the speed strip gets hard to locate and you risk running into submerged sand banks. This equates to sailing 1.5 to 2hours each side of low tide
A keen local has some video footage of the speed strip, from 3:55 onwards there is some footage of me using my 5.4 on a speed board for the first time:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dia5CLyThk4&t=215s
Stephen


Sth Is
New Zealand
6 days ago
I have checked out the Cable bay/ Pepin island road and its not the height of the road that is the problem is the lack of water height in the estuary. Only on a very high tide the water reaches near the road, but the depth would be ankle deep near the road. It would be deeper as you move east into the estuary,  I would need get out there on my SUP to confirm at what tide this would work, but I feel it would be more slalom type condition rather than a speed strip. 
Cable bay is often super windy as it catches the NW wind really well. 
Delaware bay, the main bank would be 4m above the high tide mark, there are other channels but that would require me to be out there on a windy day to confirm. 
SluGger


WA
Australia
5 days ago

Nice work on your first postCool

Maree Jordan


NSW
Australia
5 days ago
Loved the videos does the speed run get any flatter than that be one with the knot
Stephen


Sth Is
New Zealand
4 days ago

The speed strip is very flat when the wind isn't as strong, it was quite bumpy that day on the vid as wind was strong NNE. 

 'Windsurfing Nelson' has many more videos on you tube if you are interested.  This one shows a typical summer sea breeze day on the strip. (I'm on Red severne 7.8 & 110 Falcon....Dan M's old board, still going well btw Cool)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7Ftqm6c00s&t=414s 

Maree Jordan


NSW
Australia
2 days ago
Looks like a lot of fun