|Sailor||2 Second Peak (Kts)||5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)||1 Hour (Kts)||Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)||Nautical Mile (Kts)||Distance Travelled (km)|
|Pip (Old codger)|
|Sailquik (24025km): |
|Spotty (7971km): |
Corrected data from both GT31s' posted above.
Some good conditions today for those to PB some good averages It was windier earlier in the session and a bit up and down towards the end, but the tide did co-operate and produce some great flat long runs. Rigged the 2011 Koncept 5.0 for the second time with Ka21 fin, the sail worked really well last big session and was looking forward to using it again.
First shake down run started real slow ending up in the channel unable to waterstart as I drifted down the towards the east bank. Finally a gust and able to to get going and have a solid safety run with a 47.6 peak, 46.9 10sec sail was feeling sweet with heaps of controllable power.
Second run peaking at 48.4 with 47.7 10sec confirmed it could be a good session. Third a 48 pk 47.110 sec, Fourth 47.8 pk 46.4 10sec. Took till the 8th run to get a 5th contender for the 5x10 as the wind was starting to back off, so I fitted the Ka23 with its damaged leading edge from runing aground at Rye earlier in the year and got a 48.1 pk 47.1 10sec.
Witnessed Peter's crash from what looked like an unrecoverable spinout, was clear he had broken his nose with plenty of blood showering my goggles as he recouped on the bank before walking back and heading off to hospital, get well!!
Slowie was pushing his R&D once again to bring us more speed to the sport, this can be a sacrifice when the conditions are good, but he redeemed some good numbers in the end with some changes in the closing tide.
Expect to see some PBs from the team, good work guys, the conditions amazed with sunshine at times which is rare when your doing 48 knots at Sandy Pt..
|Ado (4373km): |
What a great session, except that Peter smashed up his face and ended up in hospital. Best wishes and get well soon you crazy diamond!
Well done guys! Spotty crazy that you can do a 47+ session and not get a PB! Awesome. Think this is the third PB session in a row for me, really happy with my sailing and can't wait for spring winds now!
|Peter Johnston (7694km): |
Thanks for all the kind words guys! Hugely appreciated. I've been busy all day seeing doctors and radiologist. Still waiting on the CT scan results. Likely a broken septum (nose) but no sign of eye socket damage. Thankfully no pain yesterday and none today. I took a panadol at the hospital yesterday a bit reluctantly as they said it would hurt later, but still no pain today.
I was wearing a helmet, but due to no flying sand (lots of recent rain) I had some soft goggles around my neck, but not on my face. I think a light weight full face helmet like ski racers use could be a good move. I am so glad that the board didn't hit lower and take out my teeth! Choco - yes I had visions of what a fin could have done also! I am pretty upset with myself as it was a stupid avoidable fall. It was a lousy run anyway - only my second after a cautious first run with a virginal 4m Koncept. I had plenty of warning the fin was going, time to unhook (from hazy memory) but chose to hang onto the gear rather than leap off the back as a fleeting thought told me it might blow across the inlet. It wasn't that crazy windy at that point anyway - maybe 30knots at best - but went a bit nuclear while on the long walk back up the run. Huge thanks to Spotty who watched my stupid crash for checking in on me. I gave the thumb down as I knew it was a bad bump on the head - I recall just seeing a white flash as the board leapt up at my schnoz. Luckily I was only in chest deep water. My nose was bleeding so fast it was literally being blown off my nose back downwind onto Spotty's googles! And all over my sail - which luckily is red anyway! Spotty was also kind enough to drive me back to Melbourne. Huge thanks also to Daffy's very kind and patient wife who took me to Foster hospital and waited patiently for about the 3-4 hours it took to get the bleeding stopped. I have some kind of mini-tampon like wad jammed far up into my nose which might have to stay for three days! And two very black eyes. The worst part really was missing more good runs and the bollocking my partner gave me after Spotty left! She offered to punch my nose back into line if it needed re-setting.
Thanks also to team members for taking time out from an epic day to check in on me, help out with gear etc. Shelby, maybe you did make the right call, although I can't imagine you wouldn't have blitzed it.
Huge congratulations to Ado for more PBs and well done Craig for a new world record! - even though we all know you went 2 knots quicker "unofficially" on Big Sunday.
Lorch DivS with KA 20cm Assy, 4.0m KA Koncept.
|Mathew Robertson (8298km): |
Awsome day -> played the efficiency game....
First on the water and it wasn't looking so windy, so went with the 5m Koncept for two runs, squeaking in with 40 and 42 peaks. Felt a bit overdone, but I knew that I could pull a few more out for the 40x5 if need be.
Normally I'd grab the trusty 4.4m, but instead decided to go much smaller and use the 4.0m for its first outing... really just wanted to do some tuning on it, so that it would be ready for a truely big day. Instead found a burst of speed pulling a 44 peak... woohoo!
Did another two runs, but found the Lockwood carbon 22cm to not be generating enough lift, requiring a quite severe "unloading" just to get it tracking straight.... Decided to swap back to the KA20 for a comparison.
Oh man, what a difference... The LW22 feels much more slippery vs the KA20 feels a touch draggy -> but the results speak for themselves with the top 6 runs all done on the KA.... the KA feels easier to push against.
So how did the KA 4.0m perform? No tuning necessary, just needed to have lots of negative outhaul.
F2 Missile, KA 4.0 2011, KA 400 75% cut down to 350, KA 20cm assy, 6kg lead.
Pete, I hope you are ok...