Lake Macquarie (NSW, Australia) - 2021-07-20
Sailor 2 Second Peak (Kts)5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)1 Hour (Kts)Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)Nautical Mile (Kts)Distance Travelled (km)
sboardcrazy
23.239(D)
20.153(D)
7.209(D)
12.957(D)
11.272(D)
16.554(D)
Tim Ford
James Farley
Greg Kiskarpati
Mick Saunders
GeoffS
Big Tom
nick0
Byron Mcilveen
Ian Wright
John Pearce
rus13b
Glenn Rumford
Steve Walsh
Andrew Haigh
adamhatfield
Hugh
Bruce Healey
Ben Turner
Murray Towndrow
Cluffy
Bear
Tibor
Nige Watts
Timbotto
Bostonfoil
Ant-man
mick13B
Woody
katelyn
Chopper
Brent Hopkins
Craig Forbes
Leanne Rumford
Average
sboardcrazy (20835km):
2 days ago

5-20kts WNW 15-75cm chop - moguls Wangi caravan park  NSW, AU

 7m Turbo- Windtech 57 ( 90ltres) - 28cms WTweedy

 then 1 run WT64 ( 112ltres) 32cm WT weedy

I felt my age today..Frown Forecast was for it to pickup through the day to gusting to 24kts..

1st time launch at that spot. When I've launched from Coal and it blows WNW it generally gets a good consistent patch over near Wangi so I thought I'd launch 'straight' into it. Unfortunately I think the strongest ( roughest ) stuff was over the Coal side today..I'm surprised I didn't go very far across towards Coal. I thought I was close! It was very strong at times and very messed up so I wasn't keen on trying to gybe over there.. Maybe it would havce been easier closer to Coal? next time..

 It would have been easier on the big board but I expected it to be pretty strong and rough in the gusts so I went small. Hardwork! Foot in mouth That combo was great in the stronger stuff although still a little scary in the biggest but I was off the plane a lot and in and out of the straps. 300m of 5-10kts then a 300m of 15-20..

I had great plans to work on my gybes but after struggling with the first 2 I decided to just be happy to get a dry one and leave learning for easier conditions. I did get one attempt in powered but manageable wind in the bumps and managed to power into it..It did feel more stable but I find it really hard to keep the front arm straight and don't seem to have enough power to pull me into the turn?

Wasted the best patch of the day as I spun out and went the whole way sideways..Yell

I was a bit worried about sailing there as if anything goes wrong I'd end up at Swansea but it was easy to stay up. After about an hr I decided to risk the big board. One run and a happy 300m plane then the sun switched off , the wind died and swung more W and I only just got back into the point in one tack..

The nicest part of the session was having lunch with the tame ducks and gulls..Laughing I suppose it's all practise..Undecided

 



Comments
Mexican Pete


NSW
Australia
3 days ago

Hey Sue the Windtech 57s were firing for us today!

sboardcrazy


NSW
Australia
3 days ago

Where were you sailing? I like about 15 - 23kts of wind with it..much over that I go to the waveboard. 

James Farley


NSW
Australia
3 days ago

Good work trying a new spot Sue.  Bit of a tricky launch in a westerly?

sboardcrazy


NSW
Australia
3 days ago

Pretty good in a wnw - sideshore with a protected sunny rigging area and a pebbly beach access.. About a 200m dead spot but occasionally decent wind would come right into the shore. Easier than Grant St at  Coal but you'd need to be wary of it turning more WSW.

I must admit I'd relax more sailing westerlies somewhere where it was onshore..

Phone pics of the location and lunchtime friends coming when I get a chance. Smile

sboardcrazy


NSW
Australia
2 days ago

Pics of the launch and wildlife..or tame life..lol's

 Launch looking across at Fishing Point- looking at that you'd think big kit 

but then you'd get this..

A sunny protected rigging area

It was a bit of a walk to the end of the point to launch but no worse than Grant st access at Coal point.. below- Looking back up towards the point and launch

 Lunch ( wide angle)

I set up my easel and painted this area back in c 2003? Cripes that's a while ago! The boats have less character these days..