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2019 / 2020 NSW Slalom and GPS Series

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Created by GPSWindsurfing 2 months ago, 25 Aug 2019
berowne
NSW, 305 posts
28 Oct 2019 7:37PM
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Well that was an experience!!

I arrived late Thursday night so I could enjoy a private long weekend with my non-sailing family, and sailing friends.

Friday had some gusty offshore westerly winds so very few ventured out for the 2PM friendly sail. I ended up rigging my 7.0 (for the gusts) and 1000mm race foil (for the lulls) which proved to be a fine combo,... sailing around lifted most of the time. Tibor, John and a few others were out too.

Then came Saturday.... along with a Westerly dipping to under 15 and gusting over 35 at times. At about noon the decision was made to hold the Nautical Mile GPS challenge for 30 minutes. The Raceboard and Wally classes were on hold as at the time winds looked to be about 25 knots (their limit). And this despite a wind reading of 14-18 knots from the boat (not much later this was raised!).

At at the start time (no start line) there were only about 3 brave/stupid sailors on the designated area, which grew to about 6-8 over the half hour.

The chop wasn't running straight and there seemed to be a lot of cross swell, making it tough to find a grove, even just a few 100m offshore. Lulls under 15 knots close to shore made it hard to find the ideal conditions. And near the start line / area limits the entrance to Husky pub channel had a wind funnel effect sending some 40knot wind squalls at the unprepared sailors, most of whom were on 6.3 to 6.8 sails. Bearing off Downwind to avoid the rock wall was a 'fun challenge'!!

Back at the beach I found out my occasional spin out or blown out gybe made for a relatively tame experience!

Byron had a massive catapult at top speed (~35kts) and limped back to the beach.
Another sailor get like he broke 3 ribs landing on his boom...
And Remi was attacked by the Aussie wildlife. Some say he was speared in the ankle by a stingray while others claim he was seen kicking a shark in the head after it tried to enjoy some frog legs....

By 1:00 the minimum wind was up to 25kts and the festival organisers cancelled all events. Although, the kite surfers kept going despite some of their own "experiences"!

I had to leave early on Sunday, but by Noon it looked like a 15knot SE had kicked in so I hope some racing was held....

I'm looking forward to next years event, such a beaut spot to sail. Next year I might try and find myself a friendly dolphin (I hear they run a protection racket and take squid for payment....!).

Berowne.

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GPSWindsurfing
24 posts
28 Oct 2019 4:59PM
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Round 1of the NSW GPS Slalom was conducted over the weekend at Jervis Bay as part of the Sand and Sea festival, we were also joined by Raceboard colleagues which when combined as a group the total number of sailboards was close to 50, really showing our sports depth and diversity.

Sailboard event, too much wind, never! Well Jervis Bay and the entire east coast turned it on, with strong offshore winds exceeding 30knts cancelling racing on Saturday due to safety (and ability) concerns associated with this location.

A few brave/foolish soles ventured out to show everyone how it was done and mostly came back with their tails between their legs, all experiencing some nervous moments in the gusty conditions. Results for interest only follow for the unofficial speed challenge which saw Kato come out on top with a brave early run closely followed by Defi Wind local Max who felt right at home in the offshore breeze.



The wind continued to blow into the night and we all hoped for more favorable condition in the morning.

Sunday morning was calm with a 5knt westerly gently blowing across the bay, this quickly shifted to the east and by 10am we had a 5 - 8knt easterly for the Dash Across the Bay to commence which at 11am. 20 odd craft took to the water including foiling kites, foiling windsurfers, Raceboards, One Designs, Formula and Slalom. The foils showed their efficiency in the light airs with the kites home first, Byron followed by Tibor on the foil sailboards then the Raceboards.

As the breeze continued to build and shift towards the NE we embarked on a 30 minute "figure of 8" GPS session, however due to limited wind at the start and a shifting breeze that went from east to north east in a 15 minute period this race was cancelled at the completion of the time period and will not count towards the series. Lesson learnt - only run figure 8 in steady breeze not shifting 15 degrees.

Thankfully by now the wind had settled in the NE and now reaching 14 - 16knts we dropped the rules and went out at 2:15pm for a "no limits" GPS free race which allowed everyone to choose their own adventure and record their greatest distance within the 30 minute period. Max stayed strong on his 9.4 and was fairly adamant a smaller sail would have been more appropriate in the choppy conditions combined with the building breeze. Most others sailed 8.4 to 7.8 range with a few participants opting to use foils.

That's a warp, did wen learn some lessons, yes will we be back to Jervis Bay? I hope so, it's such a great spot and event, we just need the wind God's to deliver us that perfect nor'easter we know the area is so capable of delivering. Thanks to the Mexican's for making the massive effort to come to this event. We should also be very grateful for Lissa and Richie from the Raceboard's for all the hard work behind the scenes in the lead up to this event to make it as good as it can be and also to rescue and start boat guy's, without them none of this would be possible.






Dezza
NSW, 670 posts
28 Oct 2019 9:06PM
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thanks for the results and writeup, that was a great weekend and good to have an event combined with the raceboarders, LT's and foilers and see what they are capable of, it would be good to do a mixed event again some time. See you all at the next GPS round at Lake Mac.

GPSWindsurfing
24 posts
2 Nov 2019 5:38AM
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Reminder to book accommodation for the state slalom at Myall lakes.
All the held camp sites and cabins have now been released to the public and will sell out very quickly.
so pay deposit now it's a great weekend away. Tell them your a windsurfer for your discount.
we will be posting link to new web site for payment shortly.
huge thanks to our sponsors this year Newcastle Kite & sup
Dave Sorensen and also Adam Quinn importer for Fanatic , Duotone sails and Ion products.
some great things from these sponsors this year going all out to continue to help us deliver a fun season of racing.
There will be free ION rash shirts printed given to all contestants at the state slalom this is a $85 quality product and just one of the things our sponsors are helping us with.
so a huge thanks and please support those who support us.

Tony Wills
NSW, 259 posts
3 Nov 2019 3:20PM
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Just scored the last waterfront powered site. Looking forward to the weekend.

kato
VIC, 2599 posts
3 Nov 2019 6:50PM
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Thanks everyone who had a hand in running this years Sand N Sea. I haven't commented about this as I need to take a breath before giving any feedback.
Second year for me at this event and although its a great spot its been let down by its lack of flexibility to move start times and location.
We should have had a great event, instead we got a short sail at a VERY unsuitable location and time on Saturday.
I didn't sail on the Sunday, just a bit too light for me to hang around.

My test run was with a 82l board with a 6.6. It started with a 200m swim to the wind line, to fully lit almost maxed out with the return run missing my start point by 2km. Also had to swim in.
With that info and the organisers calling it 12-18 Kts (Bulls@$t) . Smoke on the water to me means its 35+kts . As I refused to be killed or injured by someone else's stupidity , I pulled the pin on competing on their course.

Not wanting to let all this great wind go to waste a few of us Mexicans went around the corner to Paradise Beach which was onshore. Great location and could have hosted a great short track slalom race.

I also checked out Calila Beach which was cross off and had wind on the beach.

Not sure why these locations weren't considered as they offered a safer option than what we had. Interesting to note that the kites at their onshore location ran all their events on the same day.

My 2 cents
A variety of locations to take advantage of ALL the wind directions. The Australian SUP Nationals did this this year.

A flexible start time.....Wind at 9 ...lets race

A 3 day event

Encourage the locals to participate.

So after $700 and 1700km in three days I sailed for 15mins in the event. I did catch up with a few friends and meet a few new ones over a few beers but this event is unsustainable for me.

I won't be back next year, I'll watch to see if the committee makes the changes that this event needs.

GPSWindsurfing
24 posts
3 Nov 2019 4:48PM
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Please see link for rego and payment below for this years series.
Round 2 this weekend Lake Macquarie.
we have options for Saturday or Sunday also locations as Marmong is running this event.
please log in and register prior to this weekend.
If you pay for the series you get a decent discount and are helping to make the series such an amazing opportunity to sail in fantastic locations with like minded individuals.
gpswindsurfing.com.au/2019-registration/

GPSWindsurfing
24 posts
4 Nov 2019 7:58AM
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GPSWindsurfing
24 posts
4 Nov 2019 3:22PM
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Series graphic currently being printed onto rash guards rash shirts generously provided by Series Sponsors Fanatic / Ion / Duotone and Kite & Sup

Register for the Series or States to be one of the coolest cats on the water wearing this exclusive apparel.




Boston!
NSW, 103 posts
4 Nov 2019 7:47PM
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GPSWindsurfing said..
Series graphic currently being printed onto rash guards rash shirts generously provided by Series Sponsors Fanatic / Ion / Duotone and Kite & Sup

Register for the Series or States to be one of the coolest cats on the water wearing this exclusive apparel.





Looks bloody awesome. And finally, something that won't be stained by sunscreen on the first day! Thank you to our awesome sponsors!

GPSWindsurfing
24 posts
7 Nov 2019 5:40PM
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www.gpswindsurfing.com.au

jamesf
NSW, 899 posts
7 Nov 2019 8:59PM
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www.gpswindsurfing.com.au/2019-registration

Pre-register to get access to the discounted series rates and save time on Saturday morning. You can also join Marmong at the same time if you're not already a member of a club.

For those entering on the day, the club now has an EFTPOS machine, so no need to bring cash. We can process your credit card on the spot Saturday morning.

Valentine is great in a SW-SE wind, can't wait!

sboardcrazy
NSW, 6795 posts
8 Nov 2019 11:26AM
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Great choice of location! Much better than offshore at Marmong.

holy guacamole
NSW, 122 posts
9 Nov 2019 9:08AM
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sboardcrazy said..
Great choice of location! Much better than offshore at Marmong.


Or offshore at Huskisson....

berowne
NSW, 305 posts
9 Nov 2019 9:27AM
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I've signed up for the myall lakes gps and slalom 3 day event. I keep hearing good things about walking into the water from the cabins...

berowne
NSW, 305 posts
9 Nov 2019 9:29AM
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kato said..
Thanks everyone who had a hand in running this years Sand N Sea. I haven't commented about this as I need to take a breath before giving any feedback.
Second year for me at this event and although its a great spot its been let down by its lack of flexibility to move start times and location.
We should have had a great event, instead we got a short sail at a VERY unsuitable location and time on Saturday.
I didn't sail on the Sunday, just a bit too light for me to hang around.

My test run was with a 82l board with a 6.6. It started with a 200m swim to the wind line, to fully lit almost maxed out with the return run missing my start point by 2km. Also had to swim in.
With that info and the organisers calling it 12-18 Kts (Bulls@$t) . Smoke on the water to me means its 35+kts . As I refused to be killed or injured by someone else's stupidity , I pulled the pin on competing on their course.

Not wanting to let all this great wind go to waste a few of us Mexicans went around the corner to Paradise Beach which was onshore. Great location and could have hosted a great short track slalom race.

I also checked out Calila Beach which was cross off and had wind on the beach.

Not sure why these locations weren't considered as they offered a safer option than what we had. Interesting to note that the kites at their onshore location ran all their events on the same day.

My 2 cents
A variety of locations to take advantage of ALL the wind directions. The Australian SUP Nationals did this this year.

A flexible start time.....Wind at 9 ...lets race

A 3 day event

Encourage the locals to participate.

So after $700 and 1700km in three days I sailed for 15mins in the event. I did catch up with a few friends and meet a few new ones over a few beers but this event is unsustainable for me.

I won't be back next year, I'll watch to see if the committee makes the changes that this event needs.



Kato you make some good points. I guess the organisers based the location on the prevailing winds.

Personally I'll be back.

Boston!
NSW, 103 posts
9 Nov 2019 5:39PM
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berowne said..
I've signed up for the myall lakes gps and slalom 3 day event. I keep hearing good things about walking into the water from the cabins...


Will be great to see you again, Berowne. The "lakes" are awesome and are the highlight of the series. We've had some great days with heaps of wind but when we don't get the conditions you won't find a better place to hang out and socialise, swim, SUP, whatever!

sboardcrazy
NSW, 6795 posts
10 Nov 2019 4:20PM
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Photos from the day. Just some happy snaps I took. Sorry some are un sharp but people were about 1km away!
I have some better res ones if people want any although if they are un sharp that won't help that.































































































jamesf
NSW, 899 posts
10 Nov 2019 4:32PM
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Thanks for the photos sue. Great day!

GPSWindsurfing
24 posts
10 Nov 2019 3:21PM
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A solid day's racing was had with many sailors clocking over 60km on the day. Challenging conditions with a very shifty breeze which was also very inconstant with 18knts one minute or on one part of the course and 6knt on the other.

None the less we had 16 register which was a reasonable turnout with a few more very capable sailors on the sideline who we hope to see at future events.

We tried for 5 x 30 minute GPS races but in the end managed to count only 2 as the fickle wind render the others invalid.

Massive thanks to Greg for manning the rescue boat and encouraging his boy's to come along which we look forward to seeing the youth division heat up.

Fun facts

1. of the 2 x 30 minute GPS sessions Tibor manged to cover nearly the exactly same distance in both only missing by 2m, that's consistent.
2. The difference between first and second after 30 minutes was 34m or 3.2 seconds

Next up
State Titles at Myall Lakes held over 3 days, an event not to be missed by anyone on the east coast that considers themselves an avid sailboarder.





Boston!
NSW, 103 posts
Monday , 11 Nov 2019 6:23PM
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Thanks for putting together the results, Muz! Thanks also to Greg for hanging in the boat all day. Great to see everyone!



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