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|Richard Reynolds: Rico|
|Billy Green Island|
|Trojan (5015km): |
Mackay, QLD, AU
Thought I would try out some shallow water speed sailing at the end of the tide. Didn't really have enough breeze for the shallow water combo, but at least now know where all the sandbanks have shifted to. CA SL58, Ezzy 6.5 Lion, BP Weedspeed 34
|Peter AUS466 (3921km): |
Holloways Beach, QLD, AU Launched up near Machans. While rigging I was being attacked by green ants. Took a while but I realised I brought the ants from home . They'd set up a nest in the sail. Out sailing I had my second wildlife experience, a half metre mackerel leapt between me and the rig then leapt directly in front of me four more times. Would have been a great video.
Sailed on in pretty crappy conditions trying to make my way upwind, gybed, pumped, broke the mast about 4 kilometers out, luckily it was at the join and I had slow, unharnessed sail back. Least I had a nice chat time with Benny and Freddo safely back on the beach.. Used Isonic 120, 6.6 Koncept, 43 alloy fin.
|Andrew (1982km): |
Port Douglas, QLD, AU
Wasn't sure what was going to happen today as seabreeze said it would be around 18 knots. Decided to go with the 133 isonic and things looked promising when I got down so I rigged the 7.2m V8. Plenty of breeze - had fun for an hour and a half and Ed turned up in the mood for a big session and then, 30 minutes in the wind died in the arse and we were floating around - thought about going in and changing up to North s type 7.8 but Ed was on his big board with his 7.8 sail rigged and nothing was doing. I've had too much of that the last week. Anyway better to be down at the beach in the sunshine than anywhere else. Hoping the Wind Gods will produce tomorrow - and the rest of the week looks very promising. Hope you're all getting out amongst it.
|Sausage (22576km): |
JP FSW 103 (2001), 7.0 RBlade, 30 Vector freeride(ish) fin - Lammermoor Beach, QLD, AU SE 14-19kn
Good to get wet after such a long time albeit rain squalls killed the wind in between so there was a little slogging . This 18 y.o. board is still a joy to ride as it is just so easy in the chop compared to the full on slalom boards - only issue was it letting go when bearing away in a few gusts that came through. Maybe I need a slalom fin as it loses all lift going for it.
|Freddy Burke (11579km): |
Sailed with Benny at Holloways......wind was in for a little while then out for a long while. Fist run out came across Peter with a broken mast.
All managed to get back to the beach and had quite a long gasbag till it looked like the wind was coming back...so off Benny and I went
for a second session...didn't last long and the wind had gone again...time to pack up.
RRD 102 X-FIRE,KYOTE 6.6,CANEFIRE 38
|Benny McCarthy (2974km): |
Holloways Beach, QLD, AU
Short time out on the water sailing with Freddo. Wind was Ok to begin with, much the same as yesterday SSW ummm sort of... Muddy washing machine waters again...
First run out, I noticed a weird looking sail out on the horizon dredging along. First thought was a beginner had somehow got stranded way out, so I ventured on to check things out. As I got closer, I realised it was Peter bobbing along with a broken mast, top half just hanging there like a broken limb... Poor bugger had a long dredge back in to shore! At least Peter had a sense of humour when I asked if he was ok- he said he was trying out a new leech setup without too much success.
Wind dropped out soon after the first run, so Fred & I decided to wait patiently whilst having a gasbag with Peter on the beach. Went back out for another go but the wind was just teasing... Spent most of the sesh just bobbing around
Looks like the crew from down South got the best of it. Noticed Andy from Hervey Bay also got in a decent session by the looks of it at the Dam.
Used Exocet 135 Severne OD 7.8 BP 47.5
"Long May our Big Jibs Draw!"
|Alvadave (6513km): |
Burrum Heads, QLD, AUS
89 Falcon / 7.0 Mach 1 / Tribal 30
Just Merena and me again. Wind was gusty with some squals coming through further south, also very east so decided to try the northern run for the first time. Had some good runs and then the wind died. Did the up to the knees balance act back to the beach on the Woodgate side and then a long walk with the gear back to the river mouth. Just about to give up, derig and paddle everything back to Burrum when the wind picked up enough to dredge back across. Wind picked up enough a bit later to to go out on the big gear but with the tide on the way in and a 4 hour drive home decided to give it a miss.