Double Demerits (NSW, Australia) - 2011-01-30
Sailor 2 Second Peak (Kts)5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)1 Hour (Kts)Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)Nautical Mile (Kts)Distance Travelled (km)
Adrian Vos
31.58(T)
27.93(T)
11.3(T)
18.86(T)
20.29(T)
60.78(T)
Karl
23.25(D)
22.3(D)
11.91(D)
15.69(D)
20.53(D)
67.46(D)
Jethrow
Waiting4wind
Laff77
Peter (Wineman)
Roar
Carol
AlfaMale
Sparky
Artur Kowalski
Cheeky Monkey
George
Remi Dunoyer
Nigel
Barks
Palleaon
JohnM
Dean Seal
Starboard64
Andrew
Erik
Dieter
Rico
Rodskeg
Jules
Greg Kay
Remi Roques
Average27.4225.1211.6117.2820.4164.12
Adrian Vos (3785km):
4863 days ago
6 categories

Kyeemagh, NSW, AU

KA72 Link: http://www.ka72.com/TrackRecalc.aspx?fid=11675 (used the GPS distance as I forgot to turn logging on for the first couple of runs)

Nice day today... a bit gusty and bumpy and up and down... not as good as last Sunday, but still good. Unfortunately I damaged my Hellcat 6.2 last week, and it is still in for repair. So I splurged and bought a 07 NP RS Slalom 5.8 second hande for $300 yesterday, and used that. I expected it to be similar in power to the 6.2, but it was more like a 5.5 in feel (which actually suits my quiver well), so I was fairly underpowered for most of today slogging about and not really comfortable as I was hanging forward off the rig. But I did get a couple of good gusts (like literally 2!! Was not lucking it with the wind today)... my fastest was just before I came in... which was funny as I then struggled to get back. Just a freak gust that gave me a good 2s... and it was choppy too... just pointed off the wind in the middle as I was as powered up as I had been all day. I feel the potential for this sail to go to mid 30s in the right conditions.

I also was reminded why most people don't use race sails. It was alot more work to sail with the wide luff cambered sail. It was OK when powered up, but heavier for sailing moderately powered, and not as nice for feeling the wind strength, and more difficult to gybe and water start. I prefer the hellcat for the sailing today, but I think it will be good in a good 30knot NEster. Also, I could not get enough downhaul by hand, and had to borrow Des's pulley. Will need to organize something for myself.

Saw Des out there... He looked like he was having alot of fun going quicker than me most of the time as he was rigged bigger (and smarter!!).

Cheers,

Adrian

 



Karl (3279km):
4861 days ago
2 categories

 

Shoal Bay, NSW, AU

 

Nice sail on Port Stephens. Board was too big for the conditions that were quite choppy so I went for distance. Happy with the distance but disappointed with the speed.

 

 

 



Comments
Waiting4wind


NSW
Australia
4862 days ago

Adrian those sails take a bit of time to dial in so you just need to perservere a little. Having said that i didn't spend too much time on my big gear as I was a bit worn out from the night before and the chop in the middle was pretty sverere on the big slalom board and sail. That is one downside of a tight multi cam slalom rig, you do feel the bumps unless you're totaly dialled...I was feeleing them yesterday!

I did go out for some slogging practice as I was itching to try my new wave board which has a max sail of 5.8m. Needles to say that with a 5.8 and a 83l board I had plenty of slogging and submarine practice. Got the board going a couple of times, it felt good, cant wait for a surf session.

I will get my tracks down loaded but I didn't get any good down wind runs as any attempts were either hampered by severe chop or boat / jet ski. 

Adrian Vos


NSW
Australia
4862 days ago

Nice PB on the distance Karl... especially if you were rigged big (board) in choppy conditions.

Get those tracks up Des... we only need another point or two to jump a spot to beat the ACT team!! :)

To be honest I did not play with the tuning of the rig much. I was confident I had enough downhaul (could not have gotten more anyway). I did release the outhaul to about an inch or two negative as the wind was dying later. Interestingly, my quick run was the run immediately after that... so maybe the wind and loose outhaul combined to give me a nice run... but I struggled to get back barely planing (and not) for most of it. Interestingly, I had to bung the boom down pretty low to get any balance with the sail on the board. I think it would have been better more wind. Also my adjustable harness lines keep gradually going to the longest setting which does not help. I think 30 knots of wind with my little fin and the base back further and some flat water, that I should get towards 34 knots hopefully. Unfortunately it really seems to be luck of the draw lately in terms of getting a good run. It seems nobody was going very quick out there today... chop/wind/traffic did not align!!

This sail is a more full on race sail than I have ever used, but I have used race sails before... but not in a long time. It had been a couple years since I had even sailed a cambered sail. Water starting was not a major issue. The biggest issue was the feel in the sail in marginal winds. You can really feel when the sail is trimmed right with the hellcat. With this sail, I just had to keep adjusting the trim until it felt the most powerful... not as much feedback from the sail. I think the biggest problem was that I was just was underpowered in all but the big gusts. So I got tired out quickly (falling in alot from zero wind or back winded) from slogging around. I think in stronger wind I would have enjoyed the sail more. It did feel good when powered up. Oh... one more thing... The big luff really restrict visibility when not planing... I had to keep looking around to make sure I was not about to run into someone!!

The went did not do as promised today... I was expecting it to kick in hard... and it pick up, but it was very holey even when it did pick up... not the best day I have had.

Cheers,

Adrian

 

Mark Hampton


NSW
Australia
4862 days ago

Congratulations on the Distance PB Karl !!!!!!!!!Cool

Adrian Vos


NSW
Australia
4858 days ago

Hi DDs,

Des, where are those tracks... we may be able to get a few more points for Jan!! Also, I purchased a rig winch like what you had during the week, so should be right for downhaul now.

Karl, nice tracks. I have sailed there myself once... I was the only one out and crossing the bay like you. Nice sailing spot. I had some dolphins come up to me also.

Looking like maybe some wind tomorrow, but I probably can't sail... will see, but I am supposed to be painting!! :(

Cheers,

Adrian