The West Coast Speedsters (W, United States of America) - 2017-09-10
Sailor 2 Second Peak (Kts)5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)1 Hour (Kts)Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)Nautical Mile (Kts)Distance Travelled (km)
Roo
32.08(D)
31.12(D)
22.84(D)
22.6(D)
25.83(D)
106.09(D)
Roo Jr.
Barton Brown
Marc van Swoll NB2
RD
Average
Roo (10765km):
39 days ago

HR Waterfront Park, NSP95R NP EVO8 6.4RDM VV33

Stretch out session to get some exercise, still smoke on the water but decent breeze to knock out a 1 hour. Kept going to clock over 100km as it was so easy. Tried out the new Goya Proton 96, slower and not as easy to sail as my Naish SP95 replica...go figure!

 



Comments
Barton Brown


W
United States of America
39 days ago

Once again, nice distance!

Interesting about the Goya, not a positive test result... When you say 'not as easy to sail', is this mostly when jibing or just not as controllable/comfortable in general?

Roo


W
United States of America
39 days ago

All round not as easy as the Naish replica. Had to retrim sail and mastfoot position to get it working. Board is very stiff and not a lot of nose rocker so have to be careful in rough stuff. The rocker and rail shape means it doesn't want to turn so jibing not smooth, have to manhandle it. I could tell it was designed to use a big fin, i.e. at least 36cm, and be sailed overpowered with a big sail. It would beat me up if I sailed it that way for an hour like I normally do on my board. It was also slower on all points of sail compared with mine.

Barton Brown


W
United States of America
38 days ago

Thanks for the details - doesn't appear the Proton has much to recommend it for the non-PWA racer. 

When you sailed the Bolt, my recollection was that other than the lack of nose rocker, you felt it was a semi-decent board - is my recollection close to correct?

Roo


W
United States of America
38 days ago

The Proton 95 feels much smaller than the Bolt 95. Bolt is more useable but in the Gorge chop the lack of nose rocker doesn't inspire confidence when I'm going for it.

Barton Brown


W
United States of America
38 days ago

I understand about the lack of nose rocker on the Bolt being an issue for you. Fortunately, for LeisureSailors, it is probably less of an issue...

I'm beginning to think my 2017 Windsurfing season is over. Between doctor's appointments (eye still causing some issues), spotty wind conditions, I-84 Eastbound being closed for another week (although Washington 14 is open), continued smoke in Hood River, the Gorge is not looking promising for me. That leaves Floras Lake which is forecast to have equally spotty winds... This summer has hammered home what a lucky man you are Kean Rogers, living within 20 minutes of your sailing site. I'm looking forward to getting back to Bonaire where an 'efficient use of travel time' doesn't entail at least a two day windsurfing trip - thirty minutes from my garage to being parked at the beach (20' from the water)... 

Roo


W
United States of America
37 days ago

There's always next year Barton. Still lots of windsurfing to be had out here this fall. I reckon I'll get another 30 days in before it switches over to ARooBar for speed season. Hope Bonaire is windy for you this year.

Barton Brown


W
United States of America
37 days ago

Thanks Roo. I'm still going to attempt to sail before we leave on Oct 11 but just getting discouraged at all the impediments that keep popping up to make it difficult to get time on the water...

Oh, and I mis-typed in my previous post. '2017 windsurfing season' should have been '2017 USA windsurfing season' as I am hoping to soon get a lot of TOTW with my new-to-me iSonic 127 and Gaastra Vapor 7.9, even though Oct to mid-Dec is the light wind season on Bonaire.