Got my 4.2m Koncept in the trailer.
But I don't think I will need it..... maybe..... Hmmmm, if I do it will certainly be 'interesting'.
Better take some water with you to sail on with that wind it will blow it out of the lake
I'm a week or 2 behind you.
Right place - wrong time!
Got 3 runs this arvo before the wind switched off. in 30-35 knots! flat water in the same place as SE wind but going the offosite way in NW.
Wind 90 degrees more south tomorrow and up to 30 knots stronger. Hope it is not our of control.
I hink I have a plan of where to launch ad sail, but only time will tell.
Right place but my timing was slightly off. Should have gone out earlier instead of procastinating and shivering in our boots,
Massive potential here in big NW to SW'ers!! I need to get tuned in to some weed fins though,
Loots of weed in Kev's bay!!
Rigged 4.6m and 5.2m. Used both but at the wrong times.
Sam and Carl. cool in the shade.
Worth all the driving foer that one good run!
Before we went out it was gusting well over 40 knots. Probably the same for the first runs. Then it dropped out very quickly.
One interesting thing this session brought back to me is how massivly powered up I have to be to do this kind of speed. It's fine on the run, but at LG one has to first sail a couple of long tacks upwind. Not an easy thing to do when massivly powered up. No walking back up the course here like at Sandy Point!
For me, that has prompted a strategy and gear rethink.
Some thoughts and considerations:
Assy fins may not be ideal because of the long upwind battle.
Slightly larger fins may be the go for upwind - but still not too deep so they don't drag too much in the weed.
With the weed on the surface is so thick a 50 degree rake fin is needed more now than even a few weeks ago. 40 degree just didn't work for me this time.
Need to get used to the idea that I will be really overpowered on the upwind to the point of getting slammed in the gusts.
It may be faster where the weed is not right to the surface, but in 35knots plus, any spots with no weed are way rougher. I think I need to stay in the glass.
Adjustable outhaul really helped. I need to have it on both sides of the boom for this spot.
Sails with a more springy, reactive leech feel better, and safer, on the run when the gusts suddenly die.
Not a good place to sail alone in wild conditions. Need to have some friends with you.
On the right day, this place could produce 50 knots speeds. But it won't be easy. No trailer rides or walking back up the course!!
.......and that spot looks beautiful ......and the sun is shining!
My session yesterday had me coming to the same conclusion as you re Assy fins and the upwinders in overpowered conditions.
Wore me out real quick. Symmetrical fin would have been a lot easier.
Next time, I'll be wised up and ready.