|Sailor||2 Second Peak (Kts)||5 x 10 Second Average (Kts)||1 Hour (Kts)||Alpha Racing 500m (Kts)||Nautical Mile (Kts)||Distance Travelled (km)|
|Sammy the snail|
|Man Over Board|
|Binny (3100km): |
|Basil (3765km): |
A great day at fangys with the mob and blow ins,made memorable by the official launch of the uber nanna chair. An all terrain model which shares its rugged good looks with its owner but is at the same time modestly self effacing.
The Man over Board Koncept 5.8 and 190 Delta.
|Elmo (29516km): |
Tabou Rocket Wide 108L & LE 36cm, Tabou Rocket Wide 128L & Elmo SS 42cm, NP RSR Eiii 7.0m
First sail of the year almost didn't happen as the phone rang (gotta love being on holidays) coinciding with the wind starting to blow 1-1/2hrs of faffing around later I was able to start thinking about loading up.
Got down to Novara and it was honking so much so that the 6.4 was looking the smarter option fortunately I don't do smarter.
Carrying on my SODs law today as soon as I hit the water I quickly realized that the wind had backed of considerably so after two holey runs to the chanel marker the smaller board was religated to the trailer.
Back on the water with the bigger Rocket made the difference, so of I blasted over to Claudesville where it was very nice indeedydoo so went and attacked an hour doing runs back to the platform, the board set up was good for the first half an hour with the nose of the board occasionally getting a bit flighty but mostly just foiling on the fin.
The second half of the hour the wind picked up a knot or 5 and things started getting a bit interesting as the mast foot needed to be a good 5mm further forward unfortunately stopping kills the hour so I had an instersting half hour with some nice jumps and wheelies but still a whole lotta fun.
Well happy to get a top 5 hour. Great way to cap of the evening.
Congrats to Basil for the swag of PB's
|WazzaYotty (2200km): |
Coodanup, WA, AU
An afternoon blast on the weed.....takes me back to The Day but you really don't wanna go there. This was far more fun than that!! S-Bend had ample parking available at the dusty end as no sign of Capt'n or Fin and their vehicles take up way more room than I had ever realised. Fangy was rigged up, Basil too and Rod and Stroppo were deciding on gear options. Tim and Impalers, Major and Minor , completed the cast on what was looking like a promising bit of water. I rigged the F2 Vento with NP Excess 6.4m2 and a 28 Weedy ( as the Delta was in for major reconstructive surgery and the epoxy wasn't set.) My first time at Fangy's with a weedy so I had to ignore all my new found ocean-floor friends with whom I have such an affinity....indeed, such a proximity, and head for the murky uncharted depths. With Elmo's tales of horny bull sharks, dusky maidens and lumpy smoothness ( has Elmo spent to much time blasting the weed too? Lumpy smoothness? What is that? Is it like a Kardashian buttock?)) buzzing round my brain I figured that, with adequate speed, I could avoid all of them. So moving the mast back in the track, lifting the boom up, turning on the depth sounder, even more downhaul, the Weedy installed properly, tightening the nuts ( on the Weedy), having another chocolate biscuit ( why do I like these when I'm near the weed?) and briefly checking my Plimsoll Line, recently painted and resplendent in Dunlop Volley colours, I set off straight into the Nairns Black Hole of Death as the wind briefly died down...several weeks later I arrived at the top of the banks as the wind returned and I had a blast all on my own as everyone else was deep in the super smooth...and I couldn't touch it. Everyone was in overdrive and lovin' it as the wind was just great and there were players whizzing around left, right and centre. Tried chasing Stroppo but soon gave that up as a lost cause and chased a Coke can instead. 1-0 to me! I couldn't quite get all the speed that I was after but I understand that I could see some bikers about that another time. Excellent fun afternoon!!!
|Impaler (518km): |
Coodanup, WA, AU
JP Freestyle, Gaastra Cross 6.9,26 inch weed wave
Sweet day although the longer fin caused more drag through the weed and bottomed out often meaning I coudn't really get to the courderoy but happy all round. Mick had fun with the delta and shitstorm with some long runs "groovin the smooth"
I remember the great Fred Haywood coming to Woodman Point in the eighties with a 10m asymmetric wing mast and needle board to post 30kts and being in total awe, so I'm feeling pretty stoked to pass the 30kt mark - shows how far standard gear has come.
|fangy (20377km): |
Fangy's with Impaler,Tugger,Basil,Wazza,Hardie,Binny,Stropoo,Rod and a couple of others. I gotta split to be social with normal people (rather than GPSTC'ers ) and will post more later. But in brief:
Great fun in the smooth with Koncept 7.5 and Delta 20 = absolutely a Top Ten Fangy day
I arrived at Fangy's and it was blowing nicely. Basil fronted seconds later and he was already grinning. I went for the koncept 7.5 with a few cable ties holding in the Delta20. This was a bit on the ambitious side of things but I am beginning to suspect a pattern in the sea breeze. It has consistently come in with a bang, then dropped off and then slowly built up again thereafter. The trouble was that the drop off was bigger than I thought and I spent the middle part of the session way under done.
But I get ahead of myself. Why was Basil grinning? He promptly displayed his Nanna chair and in one fell stroke laid down the Gauntlet for young Stropoo. Basil has a brilliant Nanna chair. Stropoo's is lame. Lame like a one legged race horse. Does Basil's Nanna chair have enough to make up the deficit in speed? Time will tell,but suffice to say that at the moment it looks as though Basil has produced the Kryptonite I was praying for.
Back to the sailing, Basil and I hit it and enjoyed some pretty stiff breeze for a little, but then the breeze back flipped like Clive Palmer. I looked up to the car park fully expecting to see and getting ready to abuse, Cap'n Calm. I was shocked to see no sign of the Commode resplendent with jousting poles. Instead I saw the equivalent of the Manbra Mobbers imaginary friend, Impaler. Here is the only man who appears to drive slower than he sails. I dropped the visor on my helmet to help with the glare off his moon tan and headed back up to the top end.
Some of you will know that Loreena B does not look like she will be out of surgery anytime soon, so I decided to try and finesse the 63 wide board for a bit more speed. What I discovered was on the speed run, tilting the board away onto its lee rail and holding was faster than flat board. I had fun experimenting and it was great to see Hardie out there again resisting all temptation and being unbelievably sensible ( you just don't get those words in a sentence about bass players do you?)
Once again Wazza appeared to spare no effort in denting bits of the estuary, but happily did it in the privacy of his own patch out in the deeper stuff. Stropoo turned up, his Gaye Pryde sails being easy to pick and avoided at a great distance. Rod pretended not to notice and disappeared up to the top end bank.But on the bright side, no Fairybob with his 'dark pink' kit to contend with today.
Still no sign of Cap'n Calm and his fellow marathoner, Fin, either..strange.
The afternoon went by with runs into the smooth and an attempt to do a decent alpha. I suppose you can get too much smoothy goodness. I just haven't got there yet. And judging by the grins on Basil and Wazza's dials, I don't reckon they have either. ( mind you in Wazza's case it might just be the medication). All in all, and I have said it once before, Top Ten Fangy Day for the Mobbers.
|ratz (10561km): |
Safety Bay, WA, AU
a nice little blast on my way up to the big smoke.
was fun dodging round all the kamikaze kiters and other assorted knobs that seem to have made the pond their home.
good to get on the small gear for a change.
used a iso 86 with a elmoed weedy and a 6.2 severne R4