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iS101 / iS76, 6.6 / 7.5 Koncept, 37 / 30 KA Sl - Burrum heads Wind SSE 15 - 20knots
Woohoo - more later. Have to drive 420km home. Was meant to leave at 3pm but Gaz made me do some extra distance (f#$ken cramps)
My 4th time sailing flat water ever and 2 years to thje day that I set all my PBs here as well.
Decided to go the iS101 and 7.5Koncept and first run up the course felt great, came back down and had 33.5kn on the GT-31. Thought this was going to be a pretty good day. Headed up to the top of the course on second run and just before gybing my harness spreader bar snapped. Not a good start to the day and was buggered by the time I got back to the first marker sailing unhooked. Luckily I had brought a spare bar (don't know what made me put it in the bag). Decided to rig the 6.6 and iS76 when I went in to change harness. This combo never felt right (whether because I was underpowered or otherwise) and took about 1.5hours to at least find my groove. Used a new boom on the rig too which has a really large diameter at the front and this completely screwed my arms up. Should have tried the 7.5 with the iS76 as the rest of the morning session was fairly marginal except for the occassional gust.
Didn't really attempt any alphas as I was coming out of gybes at the bottom of course and finding it too hard to meet the 50m proximity. Top of the course was a little choppy as bank didn't fully expose itself. Also there just wasn't enough wind to pull yoiu round the gybe at times. Looking at Nm on realspeed I was really slow for first half and pulled up way to early. Need to sail here more often to understand Burrum's nuances. Still incredible to sail this place with some wind.
Was content with the morning session and was packing up when Gaz and Kel convinced me to do some more k's on the high tide. Body (especially legs from walking in the sand) was telling me "No" but couldn't pass up an opportunity to possible get 4 PB's for the day. Wind was really up and down and I ended up expending a heap of energy just trying to keep it on the plane. None the less sailing broad in the gusts back across the flats at high tide was still exhilarating. Went within 2metres of bumping into a dugong at speed too. Beautiful creatures but shit they're slow to move when sitting on a sand bar.
It was great to catch up with Gaz and Kel - amazing what one will do when deprieved of good sailing conditions. In total the 3 of us drove a total of 4000kms just to get to Burrum. All in all it doesn't get better than walking away with 4 PB's.
PS - Kel thanks for the timtams too.