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Created by saltyheaven > 9 months ago, 20 Oct 2015
audymaccop
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6 Oct 2018 7:16AM
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saltyheaven said..
Well that's at least three of us, and maybe more with Steve's 'several other one design sailors'.


I'm likewise happy to run with any consensus that rises. Although I'm as good for a marathon as the next guy, as far as racing is concerned I'm far more interested in triangles, tactics, clean mark roundings, several shorter races. I'll turn up and race in anything, 0 - 30 knots. Couldn't be much more opposite! Whatever, as long as we get something underway we're all winners I reckon.

So - no support boat, each on their own responsibility, no fees, no membership, all welcome. Probably a gate start, one sailor the gate and starter. Take your own finish time. Details of anything beyond that can grow if this thing rises above an idea. I fear that if there is no set day that there is a greater than decent chance of everyone always having 'something else to do' and the whole thing never getting off the ground. Perhaps a regular fortnightly Sunday with the option to call an extra whenever the conditions look good. Of course anyone need not come on any given day for whatever reason.
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Although still a way off, the forecast for this Sunday doesn't look terrible. Who's free? I suggest we meet at Taylors point on the grass at 2pm, do a quick meet and greet, make a race plan for the day communally and get straight into it.


Better still for the adventurist racer, actually difficult breeze quality, heading and water profundity, prompting another level of race specialty (and survival).

AyreForce1
NSW, 274 posts
17 Dec 2018 8:06AM
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Had a beaut sailboard to Lion Is, previous Sunday 9 December. Phantom 377 with Severne 9.5m2. NE to ENE wind direction.

Approx times: 40 min to clear of the heads; 50 min to east of Lion Island; 60 min to west & clearing the lee of the Lion;
85 min returned to approx start line.
The run-out tide from the Hawksbury against the fresh ENE wind made for some awkward big slow moving lumps. Some near 2/3rds mast height but fortunately not quite rolling or breaking. Had to manouver carefully through them to avoid being side-on to the larger swells; and had me pondering whether I should turn back - but not keen at all to gybe out there amongst them.
Was rewarded with a long, fully powered-up, reach to broad reach, from half way back to the heads, to past Careel Bay.
Only spoilt by falling north of the Lion when I attempted to release the downhaul midway through my one & only gybe.

Stokes Pt

Scotland Is

327585
NSW, 65 posts
20 Dec 2018 3:03PM
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AyreForce1
NSW, 274 posts
16 Apr 2019 10:29PM
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Been a while since I've posted; but I've enjoyed plenty of regatta's & solo sails in between; and a bit of knee surgery.
Had another nice outing on Sunday 14 April approx 14:30 to 16:30 on the RB with 9.5m2
Approx path and time - and yes I need to get myself a GPS logger.




AyreForce1
NSW, 274 posts
24 Apr 2019 10:20AM
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Saturday Seabreeze forecast - morning to about 3pm - looking ok for a BYRA - Lion Is marathon practice - SSW 15kt to S 10kt. Hopefully some WindsurferLT, Raceboard, D2 & foilers might be keen to join in

AyreForce1
NSW, 274 posts
28 Apr 2019 10:20PM
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Saturday 27 April, 0945 to 1300 Raceboard with 9.5m2 approx track

Scotland Is knots

Scotland Is wind direction

It felt pretty good most of the time. A bit hairy downwind steering amongst and over the lumpy bits. Fluffed at least 2 gybes inside Pittwater. Was extra hairy running down the SEast swells on the downwind approach to the north side of the Lion; leaning back in the back straps to avoid burying the nose in the bottom of the troughs.Lost at least 10 minutes flopping around in the Lee of the island; falling & uphauling 3 times; took the opportunity to downhaul the luff and outhaul the clew in preparation for a fight back upwind.
A really good workout for next Sunday's Peter Loft marathon from BYRA - I hope many other sailboarders will be amongst the action.

On the upwind track past Palm beach I dropped into Sand Point to visit Palm Beach SC and discussion with Commodore Richard Lacey to confirm my membership ambition. And yes, they're keen for sailboarders to boost their falling membership! Normal annual fee is approx 300 for the cat sailors. Sailboarders will probably be about half that - $ tbc. Membership includes parking permit. There may be room within the PBSC 2019-2020 program for hosting a Raceboard event early December 2019.

So of course i'm keen for other Raceboarders, Windsurfer LT's, and perhaps even Formula & foilers, will be interested to join PBSC and enjoy the clean waters of Pittwater.

AUS126
NSW, 102 posts
29 Apr 2019 4:06PM
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Hi Steve, Have you got any more details on the Peter Loft Marathon? What time is the start and can we enter on the day?

AyreForce1
NSW, 274 posts
29 Apr 2019 11:00PM
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AUS126 said..
Hi Steve, Have you got any more details on the Peter Loft Marathon? What time is the start and can we enter on the day?

Noon start. Can complete entry and pay $20 on the day before 11am. Or go to their www site as per the below and do it all online:
byra.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Peter-Loft-NOR-2019V1.5.pdf

BoM Meteye current forecast suggests SW avg 15kt (10-20kt range) which would make for a really good race.

AyreForce1
NSW, 274 posts
4 Jun 2019 11:09AM
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[Will report on the BYRA marathon when i can get a copy of the 'fish-oil' results]
Had a good sail on Saturday 13:30 to 16:00 approx. Hooked-up with Beachstart on his foiler launching from Taylors Pt. Sailed mostly the area from Taylor's up to vicinity of RMYC. I was overpowered with the 9.5m on the RB in most of the gusts, suffering several back slams; and Beachstart was way underpowered in the lulls; but in between was reasonably consistant and enjoyable (fortunately in my flash-bomb steamer).
Had my first attempt at a foiler when we swapped gear in the shallows of Salt Pan Pt. What a buzz - although a bit like riding (I imagine) a bucking bronco. Got maybe 5 seconds of almost controlled flight when I fluked the sweet spot of pressure balance between the front and back foot. Yep - will have to save up the 10c stubby deposits & get into flying on foils.
Scotland Island knots 2019-06-01:

Scotland Island direction:
Above graph extracts from www.pittwaterweather.com which provides reliable 'real time' data from a number of
weather devices around Pittwater.



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