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|Pointman (14464km): |
Melville Beach, WA, AU
Smokin sesh at Melville in a solid seabreeze.
PB speeds for Melville and PB speeds for the set-up...M112 + 7.6 TR9 + 33 Lockwood weedy.
Chris offered me the opportunity to test drive one of his prototype weed fins so I didn't hesitate. I very reluctantly returned it after my sesh
I was stuck in the 34s early on. Came in about 5 and pulled on another 2cm of downhaul, cos it was picking up and the 7.6 was getting feisty. Last half hour was awesome, with some solid 25K gusts over the bar.
Run of the day got me a 38.9 on the screen and a 37.5 10-sec. Right about then I was scheming ways not to return the fin
I hope the rest of the crew scored in Fangman land, cos I had one of my best sessions this season .
|Mineral (4665km): |
Visted Fangman patch today. Took a bit getting used to the shallow points, but a nice place to sail. Few of the Pinnaroos travelled to same spot with out illustrouse skipper, who was leading the way to day with a believe a PB or if not real close
Might have been a little undercooked on the KA 6.4, but new spot and no changes except to put a shorter weed fin in. Fastest on the 115 Tabou.
Hit a huge ray, nothing I could do to avoid, as didnt see him til last second No idea on what damage he suffered, my fin bolt has a rather pronounced woof in it though I didnt hang about to see if he was cranky or what.
Thanks for Fangman giveing us the time to point out whats good to sail and whats not. I did put the clonkers on him by telling him how to solve his twist lock slippage if it happend. Up til then he hadnt experienced a problem. Me pointing it out and touching the boom turned it all big bugger up for him and it slipped all over the shop Ah well at least now he knows how to resolve with an inexpensive repair He had to go home for dinner any how
|Snake (23384km): |
Blast on Fangman's turf today. Super session with the team and Fangy. More Later, need to eat and rehydrate,
|Windxtasy (9890km): |
Coodanup, WA, AU 85 Sonic, 5.7 Koncept, 23 pepeweed then 73Mistral speed, 26 Choco weedy and 5.7 Koncept.
Wow what a session! A great team turnout at Coodanup - Jake, JJ, Mineral, Geoff, David & me.
My aim was to go for an hour. I met Pepe who was chatting to Mineral on the way to Nairns and Pepe offered me a shorter weedfin to use, which I accepted. Plugged it into the 85 Sonic. It fitted perfectly. Headed upwind and set off for the hour. After 20 minutes I was somewaht overpowered and thinking "this is going to take some effort to keep going for an hour". I couldn't change anything 'cos I didn't want to stop, so I kept going upwind so I could hold on. The hour seemed to take forever, and I had to keep beating off the impulse to bear away downwind when a good gust came along. I made most of my gybes, and there were some beauties too. Made a big downwind run into shore to finish the hour, and checked the GPS knowing it was easily the BEST hour I had ever done, with some of the best gybes I had ever done. The screen said PAUSE and the readings were zero for everything!
I think someone suggested I go for another hour - but I didn't have it in me to do that, so I put on the speedboard with the 26 Choco and went for a few speed runs. That extra few centimetrs of fin made all the difference. I kept bottoming out in the gybes and was too afraid to bear away into the shallows where the wind was best. It made me realise just how perfect Pepe's fin was. It didn't spin out once, it was totally in control, beautiful to gybe, didn't collect any weed and didn't catch the bottom once. Magic! I should have kept it in and tried it in the Mistral but Pepe had said it's top speed was 30 knots so I used my Choco. As I didn't go over 30 knots anyway I may as well have used Pepe's fin!
When I got back in the team had decided my data was probably still all on the data logger (why on earth does the GPS have that pause setting?) and JJ after a while realised he had his computer with him so we plugged in my card and Praise God and Hallelujah, the data was all there! I did get a PB hour and I can prove it! Thanks JJ!
Apart from that brief disappointment a great session. PB hour, didn't quite get a PB alpha but 3 gybes were good enough for second best, my nm was a second best, and distance was 4th best!
Pepe, have I said I love that fin!?
|JJ (25827km): |
Coodanup, WA, AU
Fun team session (6 of us) guided by Ross at his home patch. Thanks Ross
Definitely seems less wind than the other side, I think we had about 18 to 20 knots, but lovely flat water along the sandbar.
Used a cut down DWS fin so I could get into the shallow water, so couldn't rig very big and consequently underpowered.
Decided to go for nautical miles, had to run pretty square in the light wind to keep power on the little fin, so happy with the result.
Be an awesome place with another 5 knots.
Mistral 91, HSM GPS 6.6, Vector DWS 22
|Ricey (9074km): |
Coodanup, WA, AU
First time sailing here, great flat water and enough depth to sail most parts this afternoon. Thanks for sussing it out Anita.
Xfire 80, Koncept 5.8 then 6.8 (purchased today), 25 weedy.
Good turn out by Pinaroos again, and several PBs gained.
I am very happy with my 25Kn nm, even compared to JJs excellant 31 nm run.
|lao shi (41082km): |
Great to be back on the old favourite
Rider, 5.3 Kaos
|Obelix (3335km): |
Pelican Point, - 135L/7m
A few runs in light winds betwen showing my daughter how to uphaul the sail and people waiting for me in Forrestfield for a social outing.
Had to leave just when the wind picked up....
All these PBs and speed... Well done guys.
In the meantime, a milestone for me. 2000kms in 3 years. Yeee....how pathetic.
(and to post it under Mark's 32000)
|Geoff (4576km): |
Coodanup, WA, AU
90s Seatrend Slalom + 6.0 Ezzy Infinity + 26 Choco Weed
An enjoyable team outing at Coodanup and some great numbers on the board - Well done everyone. What an awesome spot when the wind gets in. Thanks for the heads-up Anita; and thanks Ross for passing on your local knowledge of the area - nice to meet up and have a yarn...
Congrats on the PBs Anita and David.
Great stuff at Melville Greg on the M112 - I was wondering what sort of speeds you guys on the river would get. Must give it a try one day when there's a good SB. Well done mate!
Welcome to the team Elliot and Shaw.
|Jeff (11407km): |
Mettams to Sorrento , nice run with a 5.8 - a few holes in the wind but some nice little lumps.
|Chris Porter (11508km): |
Belvidere, Leschenault Inlet!
Went down for a family camping weekend and took some windsurfing gear given the forecast. Saturday ws epic! I launched from the western side at the campsite which was on the leeward side of the hill. It looked so flat I couldn't have predicted it was as windy as it was... instantly overpowered on the 7.0.
The flat water soon turned to horrible chop near the middle of the inlet. I soldiered on to the other side and back into some millpond flat water. Nicely lit slingshotting in towards the caravan park over there. I did a few laps and got my peak on this board (Starboard Sonic 270). I headed back to camp to consider changing down, and by then I had lost sight of my kiting friend who was exploring upwind. I plugged in the Speedboard instead of changing down and set off to find him.
I found him up towards glory holes, but the weed was knotted into ropes and too dangerous so I headed back down to the spot near the caravan park. I soon learnt that the flat water extended for ages off the wind... I had some great fun racing cars downwind and had a few goes at a Nm. Eureka! PB.
This place is awesome!!! If I was on the 6.3 and 23.5 fin I think the Nm would have been blown away. Similarly if I had fo gone for a Nm earlier in the session when it was windier.
Jemma and I both had a go on Sunday in the SE too, but it was just too shallow. A big slog trudging through the mud with unfriendly wildlife nipping at us at every step. When driving past the caravan park later on Monday the weed bank I was sailing was totally out of the water. The tide on Saturday was 0.6 - 0.7m and I would say this is the minimum for this spot.
Good to know that there is a camping spot close to Perth with speed sailing options! Still picking the ticks out though, and hoping I don't get Ross River Virus.
Sonic 270/CA SP47; F12 Ram 7.0; FO Weedster 260