The Pit Crew (VIC, Australia) - 2009-09-27
Sailor 2 Second Peak (Kts)5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)1 Hour (Kts)Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)Nautical Mile (Kts)Distance Travelled (km)
Mr Love
39.198(D)
0(D)
0(D)
0(D)
0(D)
0(D)
Sailquik
46.692(D)
26.809(D)
0(D)
0(D)
0(D)
2.256(D)
Spotty
49.869 [PB](D)
47.755 [PB](D)
8.9(D)
0(T)
0(D)
7.83(D)
kato
39.042(D)
15.659(D)
0(D)
0(D)
0(D)
0(D)
Mathew Robertson
45.787(D)
37.805(D)
0(D)
0(D)
0(D)
0(D)
Shelby
Seahorse
Nic R
Mal Wright
Tom Chalko
Peter Johnston
Stuart Eustice
Ado
Mal Faulkner
andrew dickenson
Pip (Old codger)
Brad
Chinaman
Dazzer
Schoolie
Tempest
Tone
supernan
SeaSkip
Johndog
Neil Maskiell
Hajime
PMosse
Dazman
Troppo
Sunshinesailorgirl
Average48.2842.784.450.000.005.04
Mr Love (4644km):
3971 days ago

Hooly Dooly, Widest wind I have ever contemplated sailing in. A very humbling day for me . 2 half runs, 2 39 knot crashes , the second leaving me in the poop.

Before I elaborate I want to give Matt and Shelby a huge ,huge thanks for swimming out and helping me , I seriously was in some trouble.Frigin awesome guys!!!!

Well , some humbling lessons. I am neither good enough or strong/fit enough to sail in those conditions nor am I 21 any more. I learnt you have to be really committed on the runs, any hessitation ends in a crash. Stupid split second decisions can really land you in the poop and you can nearly drown 30 meters from shore. Swimming gear against a 50 knot wind is impossible and yes, sand really can get in every orifice.

Huge kudos to the guy's who were handling the conditions, and of coarse to Spotty the dominator!!!! Absolutely huge mate.



Sailquik (21134km):
3971 days ago
2 categories

Too much wind for me. Just managed 2 runs when the wind eased a bit. First run totally out of control. Second run about 80% on the gas.
PB for peak speed (display 47.00 knots) , 2 sec and 10 sec and 100m on that run.
I waited all afternoon for the wind to ease back but it didn't. I have not seen such a consistently strong wind here before. There weren't really any squalls or lulls. It was consistent 40-45 knots almost the time, easing back to 35 briefly very rarely and gusting to over 50 knots in long sustained gusts regularly.
I might have to see my sailmaker about that 4m Koncept. We have talked about it in the past but these days are so rare we thought it was not worth it.
This post is from the GT-35 (1 hz sirf3 data) I had on my arm. I have not analysed the two GT-31's in my helmet yet.

Carbon Art 40, KA 20cm assy fin, 2009 4.4m KA Koncept

A huge congratulations to Spotty. It was his day for sure. The 48.709 500m puts him in a very small and select club!

 
 


Spotty (6288km):
3970 days ago
2 categories

Sorry about the delay,

I know its hard.....Cool

YEEEEE!!!HAAAARRRRR!!!! You Beauty!!! just been letting the good vibes settle in, still coming to grips with it all, the result was most unexpected for me. We have all been waiting for a day like this at Sandy Pt for sometime, with the past heavy rainfall and sizeable swell running in Bass Strait I did not think the tide would go far enough out. I thought that it was only going to be a survival day with maybe a 43 average. The tide in the end just went far enough out to set up what seemed a wider than usual rideable course down the bank. No special suits, man made trenches or vehicles to get you back up the course, just a hard endurance battle to start, finish and walk back in the constant 40-50 knot sandstorm with the lead weight on your back, the actual runs were awesome!!.

4 hours 6 runs…

Run 1 with camera onboard peaked at 45 with a 10 sec around 43, it was pretty unsettled. Sailing back did not seem a good option, with all runs requiring a long slog thru the soft sand to the first dune then sail the last bit to the start. This was so exhausting, you had to wait some time before you had enough energy to do another run making it hard to get lots of runs in before the tide changed.

Run 2 data 47.86 max , 47.18 10sec , PB and now quite excited, with the course also improving with deeper longer runs.

Run 3 data 49.996 max , 49.046 10sec, 47.183 500m, 49.078 250m seemed more controlled with 50.01 on the GT31 display making my jaw drop and fist punch the air, followed with congratulations with Adrian B and Tony W on the long walk back.

Run 4 data 49.724 max, 48.952 10sec, 48.709 500m was also controlled just the slow down were getting really wild as the tide came in. Really stoked about the 500!!!

Run 5 data 48.693 max, 47.312 10sec, 45.694 500m. The tide now starting to have more effect, and I was getting really exhausted but new there was still a worthwhile run better than the first to cement the 5x10.

Run 6 data 47.197 max, 46.285 10sec, 44.723 500m. Chris L and myself left on the course, made my last run as he came back, another long walk followed this time all the way to the BBQ, thanks for moving the car Rupert.

Best 5 runs were all done with a broken battern at the bottom camber, it broke on the first run due to me adding more tension beforehand. All in all to be honest the runs were ridiculously smooth and constant and left me feeling I could of had a slightly bigger sail or a little bit more wind. I know this sounds stupid but it was so GOOD!. Left us with the impression the 49 5x10 is achievable with same conditions, and maybe better with a lower tide.

Sail 5.0 Ka Koncept, Fin McDougal/Lockwood 21 Asymmetrical, Board CA44, AMAC and Chris the sail, fin and board did not flinch at all on the big runs, absolutely awesome result on stock, off the shelf gear, hats off to you both!.

Totally stoked there were so many crew there to witness, and to give it a go in such conditions. Pleased to see Tonster, Daffy, Ado others get PB’s, great effort considering the size/weight for some of you guys.

Thanks also to Mick and Jodi for capturing the moment whilst we took on the wind and sand.

Cheers

Spotty



kato (28935km):
3969 days ago
3 categories

Crazy day!!!!!! Borrowed a 4.4 off Daffy and plugged it into the CA40 Had two runs ,30kt run with way to much draft. Jodie got the stopping photo Frown Next run a 39kt white knuckle ride ,not hooked in, and then spent the next 20min getting sand blasted. Called it a day after that. Too too much wind.



Mathew Robertson (8001km):
3969 days ago
1 categories

Stoked - excepionally consistent wind.

And hurting... Andrew McDougall decided that the middle course was a good place to sit and relax -> crashed quite badly resulting in bruised ribs... as a result, stopped a run short for a decent 5x10.

Congrats to Spotty, the rest of the folks that went out... And to Rupert, for surving a swim of the length of the PiT and finally waterstarting in 45-50kn of breeze.

 



Comments
Choc dipped Bogan


SA
Australia
3971 days ago

 Matt & Shelby your effort to help Martin is better than anything i've seen posted on GPSTC,well done guys!

Elmo


WA
Australia
3971 days ago

Well said Choco, Huge thanks to M & S for your workCool.

Mr Love, A mans got to know his limitations, but to know them you have to occasionally exceed them.

You are braver than me, I would generally be cowering in the car with that type of wind

Red


VIC
Australia
3971 days ago

I just wet myself looking at the photos! - huge effort!

Captain bogan


SA
Australia
3971 days ago

Well done guys.

I hope everyone is okay.  It sound like near drownings were common today.  Hamma had a near drowning with 15 kg's of weight in his weight jacket.  Sounds like crazy conditions.  We thought yesterday 30+ in the chop was bad - 50+Surprised.  Tomorrow sounds a little calmer.

paddymac


WA
Australia
3971 days ago

Big respect to anyone out in this...

nebbian


WA
Australia
3971 days ago

Yowzers!

I've been in 50 knots wind (on the shore, cowering behind a BBQ, whimpering for my mummy), no way I would contemplate putting up a sail.

Anyone who made the trip to the pit gets my respect... glad you're OK Martin!

Steve Charles


TAS
Australia
3971 days ago

Well done Martin, at least you made it out and for that matter back in again. Scary moment no doubt, glad your ok....

ODIN


South
Croatia
3971 days ago

well done guys a great effort in those kind of conditions

Steve Charles


TAS
Australia
3970 days ago

Nice one Daffy, great PB.

Chris Dimond


SA
Australia
3970 days ago

What, no alphas?

Well done guys. Insane conditions indeed. My last minute check of the forecast made me change my mind and stay home. I thought that would be a long drive just to be a spectator. 30-40 would be my limit at the PiT, and even that's windy. 40-50+? No way!!

Congrats on the PB's. To have achieved a PB in those conditions is amazing.

obi one tobi


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

wow, great work, well done. Now you are on shore and safe, do you feel 21 again? !!

Mr Love


VIC
Australia
3970 days ago

Ha, No more like 75 today.

I guess we will have the debate about weight jackets at some stage but they make swimming in very dificult. Had frig all weight in it as well, it,s more the bulk. Should have dumped it but wasn't thinking that clearly.

I guess you need a fright like this every now and then to put things in perspective. Just glad there was a couple of fit and clear headed mates to help me out otherwise it could have been ugly, I was totally spent and still 25 meters from shore going nowhere. It was sort of like trying to swim upstream.

Super cool to see the big boys pull PB,s, huge respect in those conditions.

2 showers later I still have sand up my nose!!!!!!

Scope


Sth Is
New Zealand
3970 days ago

scary stuff. well done for giving it a go. a good lesson in why its always best to have your mates around. awesome PB Andrew.

Benny


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

"What, no alphas" seems a tad harsh. How are supposed to get alpahs when you were on the water for 2 mins?Wink

Seriously, a really awesome effort by ALL concerned.

The "HAVE A GO" attitude is alive and well it seems. Sterling effort.

dr cam


QLD
Australia
3970 days ago

Congratulations on the PB Andrew-HUGE & Gutsy effort !!

Sausage


QLD
Australia
3970 days ago

Congratulations on the ballsy effort guys - looking forward to Spotty's posting and the Pit Crew's 2 sec average for "Silly Sunday"*

* with those conditions and in the tradition of "Big Wednesday", it needs a moniker - no doubt someone else will come up with a better name for yesterday (Maybe Crap your pants Sunday )

Chris Adamson


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

I think "Spotty's Sunday" is about right!

Mineral


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Great to see everybody made it back to the standing point, even if a bit gun shy after the weight jacket effort. Well done for having a run at it you guys, Martin cos you still here, even with a few extra kilo's of sandWink and Daff with a huge PBCool 

Your both needing wheel barrows to cart those jatz crackers around in for going out in the first placeSurprisedWink

Sausage


QLD
Australia
3970 days ago

Who's going to tell Finian that some guy from Victoria bettered his 2005 500m world record? Wink

No doubt the tracks are being scrutinised thoroughly prior to posting but how did Chris Lockwood go as well?

PS - his 5 x10 average of 47.755kn puts Craig on the top of the GPSSS table and more importantly the GPSTC.

Firiebob


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Surprised WOW Daffy that's awesome, happy for you and congrats Smile

 

Re weight jackets if in doubt chuck it, lesson for all, very happy all's good Mr Love CoolSmile

Mr Love


VIC
Australia
3970 days ago

Spotty!!!!! Thats just brilliant. Congratulations

25


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Magnificent effort and a great account there Spotty.

Congratulations - savour the moment! A world beater!!

Cheers PD

 

Sammy the snail


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

jjjjjjjjjjj the pit is on fire, awesome!! Surprised

Bender


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Spotty with balls the size yours must be, i'm amazed you are able to walk let alone sail.Cool Unreal speeds mate!!!!!!1

Craw


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Spotty all I can say is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa            (st)                         rkCool.and well done to all who braved the insane conditions!!

Dave Morehead


TAS
Australia
3970 days ago

Well done Spotty, good to hear your account of how it happened, run by run.  Absolutely fantastic effort.  Inspiring!!

nebbian


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

That HAS to be a production world record doesn't it?  Seriously?

Amazing session there Spotty, I dips my lid to you.

Graceman


Other
Australia
3970 days ago

Congrats to the Pit Crew people, an awesome day.

Thanks for the write up it makes it special for the rest of us.

Chris Adamson


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Great write-up Spotty and I can say it was a privilege just to be there as a witness and to shake your hand.

Now, who is the GPSTC media liaison person, coz this should definitely be nation-wide news?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sausage


QLD
Australia
3970 days ago

That HAS to be a production world record doesn't it?

Nebs, Have no fear that the powers that be will say no because of something really important like the vent screw not being original or the paint job was hand polished thereby making it a custom board. (apologies for being so cynical - at least we all know it is the Production World Record and second fastest 500m of all time regardless of the absence of some gates- please correct me if I'm wrong Embarassed)

Chris A, Totally agree regarding newsworthiness.

PS - get someone to write a short media release (2 paragraphs max so as not to bore them) and email off to all the print, radio, and TV outlets - someone is bound to pick it up and run with it. 

nebbian


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Hey Ado,

I'm hopeless at anything media-related, and Hardie's on the road... so who wants to put their hand up?

Firiebob


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Awesome awesome awesome Spotty SurprisedTongue outCool

Aussie sailor Cool

Aussie designed production board made in NZ Cool

Aussie designed Sail Cool

Aussie designed fin Cool

How good's that Tongue out

Choc dipped Bogan


SA
Australia
3970 days ago

Tongue out smokin!!!! huge effort Spotty

 

 

Elmo


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Fantastic result Sir SpottyCool

evets


WA
Australia
3970 days ago

Sounds like a huge effort being repaid there Spotty, well done on a fantastic pair of results and thanks for the write up.... it is great to be able to see how the day wentSmile

Monty


VIC
Australia
3970 days ago

Great effort Spotty. Congratulations. I was lucky enough to be on the shore to witness it. Now can't wait for Mick's movie.

Domeniko Cres


West
Croatia
3970 days ago

48.709 500m      It sound like dream :)

It is congratulation to windsurfing efort of all windsurfers, GPS measurments, hope, skill and madness

Spectacular achivement!

Herby


QLD
Australia
3969 days ago

just reading this gives me goosebumps......Wow

Steve Charles


TAS
Australia
3969 days ago

Well done Spotty, top effort, nice account of how you did it.

obi one tobi


WA
Australia
3969 days ago

Great report to match a fantastic speed! well done

Scope


Sth Is
New Zealand
3969 days ago

Agree ,excellent reporting and amazing speeds.Well done Craig and on a 44 as well!! Is there footage of this Sunday somewhere?

Scope


Sth Is
New Zealand
3969 days ago

'spotted' it

lao shi


WA
Australia
3969 days ago

Thanks for the detailed run down Spotty.

A fantastic achievement sooo close to the 50 peak too!

Well done Andrew on impressive speed too.

Sailpilot


QLD
Australia
3969 days ago

Unbloody believable,   you guys deserve a beer or two.  Huge congratsSmile

Hardie


WA
Australia
3969 days ago

Spotty that is just unbelievableSurprised  And Daffy WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!  So BRAVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!

Jordan Murray


TAS
Australia
3969 days ago

Some incredible speeds there guys way to go!!Smile

Mr Love


VIC
Australia
3969 days ago

PB Matt, Yee ha!!!!

Larko


NSW
Australia
3968 days ago

Just plain out and out respect to all who braved the Pit and especially to Spotty, wicked stuff!!!!!