The Pit Crew (VIC, Australia) - 2016-07-23
Sailor 2 Second Peak (Kts)5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)1 Hour (Kts)Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)Nautical Mile (Kts)Distance Travelled (km)
Ado
44.786(D)
42.921(D)
4(D)
8.9(D)
10.8(D)
11(D)
Mathew Robertson
41.744(D)
40.9(D)
6.268(D)
11.703(T)
0(D)
20(D)
kato
Sailquik
Shelby
Seahorse
Nic R
Spotty
Mr Love
Mal Wright
Tom Chalko
Peter Johnston
Stuart Eustice
Mal Faulkner
andrew dickenson
Pip (Old codger)
Brad
Chinaman
Dazzer
Tempest
Tone
supernan
SeaSkip
Johndog
Neil Maskiell
Hajime
PMosse
Dazman
Troppo
Sunshinesailorgirl
Josh
fordy007
Phee
Adrian
Average43.2741.915.1310.305.4015.50
Ado (4489km):
2828 days ago
2 categories

OK. Sandy Point. What we exerienced was 30-50 knots and possibly more at times  - and given I hadn't sailed for two months or speedsailed since Christmas, the conditions came as a real shock.

A stunning, beautiful shocking bitter wind, hail, ultramarine skies, lead-grey clouds, broiling water and sand flying about 10m in the air.

 

Matt, Rupert and Brad from Brunswick joined me. Rigged a 5.0 Koncept and the Mistral 41 with a Tribal 18 Assy, strapped on an Aldi 10kg vest and off I went.

First run - 43 knots. Freezing. Second run 44 knots peak. A couple of 42's and a bail out at 38 knots, then a quick break during a 50+ squall with hail, then another 42 and then, I sailed beck to base with Matt. Matt took off and I thought, I've got another run in me. Must have been blowing a solid 40 knots, perfect angle, flat. The board was rolling on ball bearings and I peaked at 44.786.

That was enough for me. Mat had a 4.0 and so sailed a few more runs, then we finished off with a burger at the cafe!

What an awesome session! That's what speedsailing at Sandy Point is all about. Great to hang out with some of the crew again!



Mathew Robertson (8298km):
2828 days ago
2 categories

Shallow Inlet, Sandy Point, Vic, AU

Got to the Pit about 8am - just as a big squall hit... looking pretty epic ! There were signs of "the big day" ... *lots* of sand blowing everywhere.  Lots of wind - today was a day for walking back up the course... and when you do, you know it is windy when there is enough sand blowing that you cannot tell where the sand finishes and the water starts.

First run was using the 5.0 - it was quite a bit windier than it looked - and I was wearing 6kg of lead.  Good wind strength and reasonable wind-angle, but had some of the roughest water that I can remember.  The chop was about 4-6 inches, with a period of under 1m.

Went back for the 4.0 ... persevered for the remainder of the day, but ultimately the wrong choice. Water got smoother until the last run, the wind had swung slightly North of west, so there were little wave breaking on the shore and there was the incoming tide pushing in the rolling swell.

The small sail did have quite enough power - but more importantly not enough apparent wind flowing over the sail.  During a few runs the where the gusts swung 30 deg causing the sail to back-wind from the clew and thus a quick dismount [ beforerounding up into the sand ].

Not too many runs due to all the walking.  Having just walked through a sand-storm and made it to lee of the dunes, looked back at Ado to see him dissapear in a cloud of sand. 

Good day.

Note to self - dont sail for so long that I can no longer hang on to the boom. In the middle of winter.



Comments
Greg Kiskarpati


NSW
Australia
2828 days ago

Sounds epic . well done

dr cam


QLD
Australia
2828 days ago

Courageous Stuff Ado -Awesome numbers !!CoolSurprised& in the middle of winter !!

Anthony Perkins


TAS
Australia
2828 days ago

Nice 

Gabe


NSW
Australia
2828 days ago

Very impressive Ado. Onya!

Feilian


NSW
Australia
2828 days ago

fantastic Ado sounds dam cold and miserable how does that hail feel at 44 knots +Cry

Nigel


NSW
Australia
2828 days ago

Sounds like a hoot :/

 

Martin Worling


QLD
Australia
2828 days ago

Holy smokes. That freakin awesome. Well done.

Mathew Robertson


VIC
Australia
2828 days ago

Sandy sand

At times we lost sight of the shore line.

Mathew Robertson


VIC
Australia
2828 days ago

winter parking lot

Silly people rigging in about 7 deg. 

Mathew Robertson


VIC
Australia
2828 days ago

  

Wilsons Prom showing the gusty wind.  Yanakie looks to be close to what we got, but a was a bit more gusty that it shows.

cookie


TAS
Australia
2828 days ago

Well done great numbers 

STROPPO


WA
Australia
2827 days ago
What a day welldone fellars 😎
Dave Morehead


TAS
Australia
2827 days ago

Well done guys!! Cool

Mark Jordan


NSW
Australia
2827 days ago

Well done guys hope you have warmed up again must have been cold and that sand how did you see

Windxtasy


WA
Australia
2826 days ago

Glorious madness!

Sailquik


VIC
Australia
2822 days ago

Classic PiT speed day! Cool

Missed it, but didn't mind a bit. The powder was Epic! Smile