Patchy 5-14kts S then patchy 10-17kts then building to 15-25kts SSE S Lake George, SA, AU
7.5m GT Turbo - RS4 ( 111ltres) 24FF
then Rs4 - 7m M2 OD
then 7m OD - Rs2 ( 90 ltre) 21.5cm FF ( cutdown 24cm)
then 6.2m M2 OD - Rs2 - 21.5cm FF
It was supposed to be a distance day today but it ended up a dud. Awake at 4.30 am there by 7am . Just me a lone cow and some fishermen. 5-9kt S - 16 degrees and drizzle.
By 7.30 Tim and Chris from SA had arrived. 8am I rigged the big kit and went out. the first 3/4hr were very patchy managed to plane slowly and keep upwind. It kicked in a bit and I was ok . Kept on the big kit for 1.30hrs but I didn't want to wear myself out with it soI came in to wait for more wind and have a snack.
It seemed to have picked up so back out with the 7m on the big board. Buggerall wind this side but ok on the other. Felt good but I noticed everyone else was on smaller gear so came back and got the 90ltre with the 7m. Great in the gusts but very patchy.. got backwinded by one big gust and feel in and realised how cold I was. My aldi steamer just didn't cut it!
Went in and changed to the winter wettie and had lunch. I wanted to go down the lake and explore but I was worried about the wind dropping out as one minute there was nothing much then ok. I was going to use the big board again but then it came in.
Rigged the 6.2m and the Rs2 for comfort. My main aim this trip is to try and improve my gybing and alphas. I was getting 21- 22kt alpahs back in 2015 and although I know my gybes are way better now I struggle to get a 19kts one..
I was going into the gybes in winds I would usually pike at and going well but then had the worst stack Ive ever had..
Flying out of the exit hooked in and getting organised and I let the rig get a bit too far forward and got catapulted. Got piledriven head first into the bottom and then my body continued over using my head as a pivot point. My chin was squashed into tmy chest and my spine got a hell of a stretch.Visions of spinal injuries.. Luckily not that bad but it put the wind up me and I think I've strained some muscles in my left ribcage.
Very painful trying to go upwind afterwards..
Got back on the horse and did some more making sure I was in the straps and in contro with the sail back l before I hooked in. did some good one and was Stoked to see 19.8 alpha on the watch for my pains..unfortunately it's disappeared.. This was at the 75km mark. I kept sailing hoping it would stop me from seizing up.
Headed up to the flatter area and tried some speed runs but couldn't get any decent speeds. I suppose that combo is more for comfort than speed.
Getting pretty strong in the gusts now ( 25kts odd) . Should have been on the 70ltre . Kept going to get 100kms. Still had plenty in the tank but I figured I better look after the injury and not push things too much.
Think I'll be pretty sore tomorrow!
Great to see so many women out- Dezza- Barb- Salty Nic - Leanne