Pinnaroos (WA, Australia) - 2022-02-18
Sailor 2 Second Peak (Kts)5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)1 Hour (Kts)Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)Nautical Mile (Kts)Distance Travelled (km)
Flex
20.476(D)
18.04(D)
0(D)
12.392(D)
10.346(D)
11.537(D)
Windxtasy
28.264(D)
25.573(D)
9.133(D)
19.828 [PB](D)
20.035(D)
35.261(D)
Pointman
Chris Porter
Jeff
paddymac
JC2
Jemma
scarrgo
Jonah
Windtech
Ricey
Bunyip
AC1
Hooksey
Lunny
tailwind
Flatchat
Snickers
Kenny
Pacey
SRS73
AndreaMunich
Gloria
Reg
Topcat
Clue Thirst
The Shroom
fingers
Finback
Peanut
Average24.3721.814.5716.1115.1923.40
Flex (15708km):
786 days ago

Melville Beach, WA, AU. Another epic session with no one else out.  Slightly different to what Jan (DIY GPS Man) is reporting from Belgium today with 150 Km/hr winds forecast so might see some interesting posts from that neck of the woods later



Windxtasy (13853km):
785 days ago

Albany, WA, AU Sonic 85 6.2K, 18 tribal delta then 22FF  14 - 18 kn, first half session, 14 - 16 kn second half

Sunny, clear blue sky, 25 degrees. So much better than the heatwave in Perth.

I was very tired after yesterday's sailing and really felt like a nap after lunch, but Morts said he was going to be at Harding Rd at 1pm so I headed down around then also. Wind was reading 14 - 18 kn slightly S of E. Tide was high, over the weedbank but predicted to drop.

Ronnie and Morts headed out but I took my time rigging because I wanted the tide to drop a bit. Before he headed out Ronnie said to me "I want a PB from you today!"

I thought that wind would be good for an hour, and set out with an hour in mind. I spent some time adjusting my harness lines for comfort and then thought I would try some gybes to see if I could gybe that sail in that wind for an hour or not. I found I kept sliding downwind so I came in and changed to a bigger fin, which made it possible to stay/get upwind and make the 50m proximity of the gybes. I also discovered my outhaul was very loose so I fixed that.

Back to the alphas. I found I was doing some relatively fast ones now that I could make the proximity, and soon I had a PB of high 18's so I kept trying for better and was so delighted to suddenly get a 19.8! It was a fully planing gybe and I was very happy with the smooth rig flip and transition. Big improvement! For so long my goal has been a 20 kn alpha, so encouraged, I set off again, but the wind had dropped quite suddenly and the speed just wasn't there any more.

Giving up on alphas I set off across the bay but I could see there wasn't enough wind for a decent hour so I decided to have a break. So did Morts. Ronnie had long gone to join his friend out in the open ocean. We stood around and chatted for a while and told Evets the bad news that he had missed the best wind. Meanwhile the tide was dropping and the water was getting flatter, so after a break we headed out again. I scored some more alphas that would have been PBs last week, including another 19+ but could not improve on the 19.8. 

My five best alphas today would have all been PBs. 19.828, 19.034, 18.869, 18.811, 18.795

Thanks Jeremy, Stve and Ronnie for the encouragement.

I am very happy to be close to 20 kn at last, and especially since the water wasn't particularly flat. Crosswind speed was only about 24 kn.

Ronnie will be pleased. BTW you got the best of the wind, mate.

Edit: looked at the track with realspeed tonight. seven of the alphas would have been PBs.

The top alpha had a Max speed of 23.248 and min of 8.125. I am pretty happy with an average of 19.8 - that is only a drop of 3.4 kn from the peak speed. None of the alphas had any speed exceeding 23.4 knots. Clearly to improve I need to work on my crosswind speed!

 

 



Comments
waricle


WA
Australia
786 days ago
Woo hoo Anita!😎
Windxtasy


WA
Australia
786 days ago

Whoo Hoo indeed! And your gybe post is still holding firm and a very handy reference marker

Matt D


NSW
Australia
786 days ago

Great U turn PB Anita!

Hardie


WA
Australia
786 days ago

WooHoo Anita thats Brilliant!!!!!!

Rondog


WA
Australia
786 days ago

haha. good onya Anita.

Flex


WA
Australia
786 days ago

Smash'n it Boss!

Morts


WA
Australia
786 days ago

 

We should have made you sail until you got a 20 Wink

 

WooHoo Huge congrat Anita!A very well deserved PB Cool Cool

 

Sorry about gybing in front of you a couple of times today Embarassed

 

Your Top 5 Alphas from today

 

alpha500 1 19.828 0.024 15:14:57.900
alpha500 2 19.034 0.020 16:21:18.900
alpha500 3 18.869 0.021 16:44:06.000
alpha500 4 18.811 0.019 16:23:59.500
alpha500 5 18.795 0.023

15:08:29.700

Boz


WA
Australia
786 days ago
Persistence is paying of Anita, well done on your PB
Woody-Mark


WA
Australia
786 days ago
Well done Anita on the Alpha pb 👍
Elmo


WA
Australia
786 days ago

Nice U turn Anita

Stretch


WA
Australia
786 days ago

Nice one Anita. Congrats Cool

Windxtasy


WA
Australia
786 days ago

thank you all for your supoort and congratulations

Antman


WA
Australia
785 days ago
Top shelf captain, stoked you scored and dodged the big smoke heat wave
Dezza


VIC
Australia
785 days ago
Great PB Anita
Maree Jordan


NSW
Australia
785 days ago
Congrats Anita awesome u turn pb
Decrepit


WA
Australia
785 days ago

Fantastic Anita!!!! I know how long you've been after that, 20 is only a hair's bredth away. You just need a little more wind and flater water.

 

Just looked at the track.

Very clean data, with good accuracy.

Looks like you were running very square, same speed both tacks. Looks like you went slightly upwind before the gybe and lost some speed, possibly setting you back a bit. My max alpha speed is typically as I initiate the gybe, heading downwind. The faster you enter the gybe, the more chance you have of coming out planning. Aim for a min speed around 10kts, and you'll be over 20 easily.

sboardcrazy


NSW
Australia
785 days ago

Great stuff Anita! Great PB!

You'll get 20kts alpha you just need the right conditions..Don't they feel great? Tongue out

Windxtasy


WA
Australia
785 days ago

Thanks for the detail Mike. I was wondering what my minimum speed was.

Many years ago  when I declared that a 20 kn alpha was my goal, I said I would stop when I achieved that. It might be a good thing I stopped just a little short...

I had a big set back in gybing last season when I had very little sailing due to ill health. I forgot how to gybe properly (especially the rig flips) and have had to relearn this season. 

Evets asked me yesterday what made the difference - I think it was overcoming the fear - over the years I have had so many nasty injuries from gybes gone wrong and it made me afraid to commit fully - which of course increased the chances of things going wrong - I have overcome that in the last few weeks - in flat water at least.

Snickers


WA
Australia
785 days ago

Congratulations Anita. Reward for so much determination. 

Firiebob


WA
Australia
785 days ago

Well done Anita, nice 180 and over a knot faster, big congrats Kiss

Richo 72


WA
Australia
785 days ago

Hey Anita I just noticed your top shelf turn. Well done you are STAR.

Love you persistence  and well deserved.  More to come with a 20 + on the radar.

Windxtasy


WA
Australia
785 days ago

Thanks,Richo. You always  know the right things to say

Reg


WA
Australia
784 days ago

Fantastic Anita.  As you know one good turn deserves another (corny joke).  I love data, and you may find this interesting.  Alpha data from GPS Speedsailing this year.  There have been 455 Alpha speeds poste dso far and our guys are placed as follows:

2) Woody - 27.52 (and one place in front of Hans Kreisel, the worlds fastest sailor at the moment)

6) Ant Dunn - 26.43

37) Boz - 23.73

41) Pete Warwick - 23.67

71) Scott Simms - 22.63

72) Yours truly - 22.41

91) Ben Mitchell - 21.98

Obviously Decrepit hasn't posted his recent Alphas!  

In our little community we have more than our fair share of speedy Alpha peoples.  Mark and Ant being the stand outs if we ignore Slowboat.  My considered opinion is still that if all other things are equal weight is a determining factor.  Just look at the list above.  So, to test my theory, when I was last in Albany I carried 4kg of lead in my back pack and stuck 3kg of lead sheet onto the deck of my board in front of the mast track and guess what...I did a 1 knot P.B.  Is that cheating?