|Windxtasy (11852km): |
iS111, 6.2K, 24FF Coodanup (not the chook pond)
An on-off sail in sunshine and squalls with Gloria and Flex.
Was a good workout on the big gear during the squall.
I did notice a ranger cruising past a couple of times
|Flex (8648km): |
Nirimba, WA, AU. After the run in with the twitchers yesterday thought I'd start looking for alternative sail spots in case the Chook pond days are numbered. Antman reported wind was lousy in the Pond so seemed a good day for a recon. Planned to hike into Austin bay, head to the Cay and see if any wind and flat water there...the forecast was 23 knots so might get lucky. Arrived and at the only possible park spot there was a dead crow which was a bit of a weird omen. Wind was looking bleak so loaded the big gear onto the buggy and walked the 2km in. The gate 400m or so on was locked so couldn't have driven like last time anyway. Rigged and headed out, super pleasant in the sun and cruising at a nice 16knots upwind so all looking good. Didn't last, soon chugging, then got going then chugging so upwind progress was slow. Then a squall hit, wind swung and I was sailing totally over powered towards Yunderup....water was flat as so went with it but the experimental fin kept letting go and spinning out big time. Wind seemed now to be strong and steady so tried to baby the fin but every time got to around 26knots it let go....there was so much more power to put down but couldn't. Since I couldn't take advantage of conditions which seemed to now be strong decided to pull the pin on the original mission plan and head to Coodanup. Arrived there to find Gloria and Windxtasy hard at it and wind blow'n hard...started rigging 6.3 but despite getting the top plug seated before setting off it once again popped out like yesterday...faffed around for ages and by the time got it on wind had dropped so decided to rig bigger. Got out and just got going. Then a squall hit and again over powered with fin spinning out in the chop...then becalmed...so gave up. Nirimba iSonic 117, Sv 8.6, FF18 GL, Coodandup isonic 97, KAR7, FF22