|Billy (9755km): |
Green Island, QLD, AU
I was the day I shall call "The Rise of the Machines"!!!! There was some seriously great sailors out on the reef flats today, both blokes and the ladies. Actually, considering the conditions, can I please sound a "Two Thumbs Up" to all of the ladies out there today. Incredible effort. It really was knarly, wet and quite cold out there today - welcome to FNQ . It's been a case of 4 seasons this week.
Myself, I died.....I had nothing. Attepted a warm up prior to the free race, after deciding to give slalom a miss, and found my self way out of my depth. It had to be all of 30 kts at times and I was knackered even before sign on. Decided to just have my own free "race" and just hung on acrosss the flats as best as I could. There was a few fins chewed again today, a nasty fin gash sent Murray to Cairns Base Hosp I believe and some very sore bodies left the island (or just stayed behind).
I cannot express any clearer. This event is wonderful, run by passionate members of our fraternity and a bevy of volunteers from all over this country of ours, working late into the evenings, early morning (swimming out to the boats to bring them into shore from their morings), entering data and posting results, sitting out on the water, wet, cold and yet still have smiles - to all, Thank you.
To any one who thinks this is a leisurely stroll up the beach, jump on in 20 kts and have a days sail, returning at night to a fine beverage and dinner, only to get up and do it all again the next day.....Wrong. It is intense, full on and there really isnt a break from 10AM - 4PM and the show on display is awesome. Im not up to it, I admit, but I wanna come back. I want to be fitter and better than I was this year and make the improvements required.
Back on Thursday - sorry to say, I need a break !!!! Used CASL108, WS33, 7.0 ODM1