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Big day at West Kirby UK. Steve Thorp peaked at 50

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Created by redsurfbus > 9 months ago, 7 Oct 2011
redsurfbus
304 posts
7 Oct 2011 8:21PM
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www.redsurfbus.com/2011/10/west-kirby-autumn-gales-2011.html#more

I have done a report on the day to try and bring all the comments across the internet together in one place.

I would be great if someone down your way could do this on the occasions when you have a big speed meeting

Hope you enjoy the read


mathew
QLD, 1920 posts
8 Oct 2011 12:51AM
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I'd like to see the speed-graph of Steve's run... with a 48.3 2sec and 50 peak, it must be really spiky...

lelos12345
NSW, 453 posts
8 Oct 2011 2:07AM
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nice rite up glad some ones getting some wind looks amazing spot i can remember the boys talking about it wen i was a kid back in the uk
one day I'll come join in

redsurfbus
304 posts
8 Oct 2011 2:52AM
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on all accounts the direction was a fair few degress away from best, but the wind was howling. It took 3 or 4 guys to hold a sail down to derig! To quote my mate who was there he said he wanted to change down but couldnt even get the sail out of the back of the van. Now this is a guy that happily takes a 7.8 out in 25+knots and a 6.3 in 40+!!! He was on a 5.7 and wanted to go to a 5.4.. Another one said even a 4m would have been as effective as a 5 in those winds, perhaps even more so.

Even the Dutch guys said they were impressed with the acceleration - and balls that a couple of our top guys had. They spanked us in terms of 5x10 average due to their ability to get up to speed quicker and without bearing off as far. A couple of the UK guys - Steve Thorp especially were flying out into the death chop. If you look at his GP3S posting he talks about it. We are still waiting for one other to post who usually does very well........but he has not posted yet.......hmmmm.......what does that tell you ;-)

Te Hau
453 posts
8 Oct 2011 6:30AM
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Great speeds, in particular from Steve Thorp.
Unusual to see 76kg smoking 90+kgs for top speed.
Well and truly a record for a light guy

izaak
TAS, 1945 posts
8 Oct 2011 10:47AM
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This guy had plenty of twist off. Would love to have a sail at this spot.






redsurfbus
304 posts
8 Oct 2011 8:58AM
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Thats Pete "the Matrix" Young in the photo, just after he got so close to the wall he took an inch off his fin! He did say that his outhaul may have slipped - was still a 43knot+run. He is an outstanding sailor, I sail with him every day when it is windy and feel privileged to be able to, you can learn a lot when sailing with people of his calibre.

Unbelievably he is not sponsored at all yet he holds the record at the original home of speed surfing - Portland Harbour. He uses whatever kit he can, and gets speeds up there with the best. Just goes to show you can spend 1000's on new kit, especially fins, but it is still 99% skill.

Windxtasy
WA, 3938 posts
8 Oct 2011 10:07AM
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Can you show us a google map of that location?
It is hard to picture what the "lie of the land" is.
Is the wall a breakwater?
Amazing that you can sail so close to it.

redsurfbus
304 posts
8 Oct 2011 10:23AM
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www.google.co.uk:443/maps?ll=53.4405,-3.038578&spn=0.014852,0.042272&t=h&z=15&vpsrc=6

If that link doesnt work google west kirby marine lake.

It is like a boating pond with a sea wall, the tide is really big there, at least 5m so when it retreats you are left with the lake and the sea wall/path that you can see in the pictures. At the bottom of my article there is a link to Ant Bakers photos where you may be able to see more.



Roo
715 posts
8 Oct 2011 11:24AM
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redsurfbus said...

www.google.co.uk:443/maps?ll=53.4405,-3.038578&spn=0.014852,0.042272&t=h&z=15&vpsrc=6

If that link doesnt work google west kirby marine lake.

It is like a boating pond with a sea wall, the tide is really big there, at least 5m so when it retreats you are left with the lake and the sea wall/path that you can see in the pictures. At the bottom of my article there is a link to Ant Bakers photos where you may be able to see more.






Wrong lake mate, this is the one you want: maps.google.com/maps?q=west+kirby+uk&hl=en&ll=53.367442,-3.183439&spn=0.010435,0.033023&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=55.981213,135.263672&vpsrc=6&hnear=West+Kirby,+Wirral,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=16



Windxtasy
WA, 3938 posts
8 Oct 2011 11:43AM
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So is the wall like a dam, to keep the water in as the tide retreats?

Roo
715 posts
8 Oct 2011 11:50AM
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Windxtasy said...

So is the wall like a dam, to keep the water in as the tide retreats?


Yeah its like a dam, water level stays up most of the time and any leakage is replaced when the tide breaches the wall on really high tides. Pretty magical place and perfectly set up for the wind that comes in off the Irish Sea.

redsurfbus
304 posts
8 Oct 2011 6:27PM
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What a d1(k I am! I have never been I have to admit, but cannot wait to go, my excuse was it was 3am and I am on strong painkillers
I do remember sitting there thinking how the hell deos that work in a WNW though, and how was that picture taken there, all the angles are wrong.......
Sorry for the mistake anyway

yoyo
WA, 1646 posts
11 Oct 2011 12:55PM
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www.flickr.com/photos/k4fins/

Mux
QLD, 226 posts
12 Oct 2011 9:11AM
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Looks an awesome spot found this video on you tube from there.

redsurfbus
304 posts
13 Oct 2011 12:08AM
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All the videos in one place (that I can find.....)

www.redsurfbus.com/2011/10/west-kirby-6th-october-collection-of.html

redsurfbus
304 posts
14 Oct 2011 5:38PM
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Our Stormtrack weather guru on GPS-speedsurfing.com has written a bit more about the big day at WK

www.redsurfbus.com/2011/10/west-kirby-usm-by-howard-rowson-oph.html



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