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Created by saltyheaven > 9 months ago, 20 Oct 2015
AUS817
NSW, 230 posts
28 Sep 2017 6:25AM
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AyreForce1 said..
Team Gosford - I hope to make it up there to support your regatta - and perhaps chase you round on the RB. I'll chase up Jethro & Salty Heaven in the hope that they might also be interested.

Had a day off work today but my optometrist appointment at 1pm, and my lack of practice rigging the RSX 8.5, resulted in a late 5pm launch from SaltPan into the 10 to 20kn NNE. Back at the wharf right on 6pm. Apart from two backflops getting in out of the moored yachts - nil falls - so again the RB remains undamaged.

A very enjoyable sail - had it all to myself - not a single other sailing craft out there - just wish I could have had an extra 2 hours.


Looking forward to seeing you at Gosford mate. I'm trying to get an old Div II board back in action, so if you're brave enough you could compete with us on a Div II.

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
7 Oct 2017 11:57AM
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Will be launching at about 13:15 with the 9.5 on the RB. Wind South tending SSE, and stronger than I had expected - but I need to get used to being overpowered upwind with the 9.5 so that I have full planing power downwind
and perfect sunshine!

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
7 Oct 2017 9:38PM
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Another awsome arvo (1400-1630) on Pittwater! Dropped the sail thru a sloppy gybe just north of WestHd and drifted for ages trying to haul it out. Went ashore at the south-west cnr of LionIs to fix one popped cam.

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
11 Nov 2017 10:20PM
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21 October, while the NSW Raceboard fleet enjoyed perfect conditions for Heat 1 of the NSW series at DAC; I had to make-do with a Pittwater South to SWest of 12 to 18kt mid arvo, south of RMYC to near Stokes Pt & return a couple of times.
28 October I enjoyed a late arvo ENE from SaltPanCove to WestHead & return approx 10-15kt
And today 11 Nov a relatively steady east to Neast:

Stokes Pt - knots
Between SaltPanCove & TaylorsPt the wind strength was near half that of Stokes

Looking forward to my first real test at SanctuaryPt.

dannyloveamy
NSW, 7 posts
1 Dec 2017 7:15PM
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really interested in your idea, but i am a noob...lol have fun

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
28 Dec 2017 10:02AM
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Heading into the NEaster around the Lion this arvo on the RB from SaltPanCove.
Unsure if the 9.5 might be too big when the breeze kicks in - maybe safer with the 8.5 but slow in the light patches.
Anyone else wanting to enjoy the challenge?
Tomorrow should be very similar - may do the same again with better rig choice.

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
28 Dec 2017 10:16PM
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Very late sale with 8.5 - bit under powered in the lulls.
Tomorrow hopefully much earlier and with the 9.5m

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
30 Dec 2017 9:53PM
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Friday 29 Dec 1630-1900 ; variable ENE to North 5 to 15 kts with patches of 0 to 3 kts. Overcast with ominous grey high clouds looking like an unexpected thunder storm; and not promising safe passage around the Lion.

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
8 Jan 2018 9:32PM
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Friday 5 Jan 1900-2015 NE-ENE 10-18kts



AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
12 Jan 2018 6:26AM
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Saturday 1600-1830 6 Jan. Raceboard+8.5m beautiful NEaster pulsing down Pittwater most of the time - but was almost becalmed north of Barrenjoey and had to turn back because there was no wind on the horizon anywhere in the vicinity of Lion Is.

Scotland Is

Stokes Pt

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
2 Mar 2018 9:25PM
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Repairing board leaks tonight, hoping to be on the water around mid-dayish; 10-15kts NE might be perfect for a good bash around the Lion and return on the RB with the 9.5 or 8.5 ; Need to make up for my very poor performance in the 15 gusting 25kts at Kurnell 2 weeks ago. This time for sure! Please join me for a great day on Pittwater.

saltyheaven
TAS, 338 posts
3 Mar 2018 8:02AM
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I might be free later, if I am I'll see how the Saturday stink boat yuk looks and maybe join you. Perhaps later in the day when most have gone home.

Jethrow
NSW, 684 posts
3 Mar 2018 8:29AM
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I'll be joining you out there on the longest longboard of them all, an 11mOD!
We could be doing the Lion Island course as well so I'll keep an eye out.

Jethrow
NSW, 684 posts
4 Mar 2018 9:27AM
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The wind out around Lion Island ended up being nice, 10 to 12k with some bigger puffs, but the chop was diabolical! Strong outgoing tide running against the wind just made for a mogul run to the island and back. Once inside the wind eased of again and just got puffy and easterly for the whole reach home...

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
5 Mar 2018 5:48PM
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Efed around with twisted downhaul lines etc etc and didn't get onto the water until after 4pm! Found myself immediately overdone with the 9.5 and no match upwind against SaltyHeaven on the D11 with an 8.4. Adjusted the rig at the little beach under Longnose Point and returned to wrestle the rig through the gusts to up past Longnose. Wind eased back and started to make for a good powered up bash to windward. By then the tide was probably at the low point so it wasn't too awkward to the Lion. Too late in the arvo for much traffic so I had the mouth of Broken Bay to myself except for 1 yacht. Had some very nice fully powered & planing runs home between a few light patches; with the best of them in the Avalon-Scotland-Longnose triangle. Approx path:



AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
18 Mar 2018 11:33AM
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Contemplating a long bash to windward into this warm northerly this arvo. May rig conservatively with the 8.5?m. Got to practice tacks & gybes cause I've been slow & clumsy - giving away minutes every race.

saltyheaven
TAS, 338 posts
18 Mar 2018 9:17PM
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Sorry, was surfing. Looked like a nice breeze though!

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
25 Apr 2018 12:24PM
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Going for a 9.5 RB 1hr practice will be on the water at 1pm. SSW 7kt avg, gust to 13kt

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
30 Jun 2018 10:31AM
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Heading out on the RB shortly - hoping to make it round the Lion - but will stay in the wind area if it looks patchy. Hoping others might join me on this sunny probably 3 to 8kt day.

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
29 Jul 2018 11:53AM
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Will rig an 8.5m on the RB, and will come back when it starts to get too much. Wind NW to N


AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
5 Aug 2018 1:57PM
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NEaster on the rise. Rigging the RB with the 9.5 should be on the water before 3pm. Enough time to make it to the Lion - and hopefully return!

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
11 Aug 2018 12:02PM
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Rigging the RB with an 8.5
Warm NNWest currently 10-15+ kt

Jethrow
NSW, 684 posts
11 Aug 2018 6:06PM
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How did you go? We had some good puffs out there today.
I saw 22k on the windgear a few time and one guy said he saw a 27. Not me, I had a bit on at that stage

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
13 Aug 2018 3:03PM
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Jethrow said..
How did you go? We had some good puffs out there today.
I saw 22k on the windgear a few time and one guy said he saw a 27. Not me, I had a bit on at that stage


Hadn't finished rigging the 8.5 when the strong gusts started to come through. Changed down to the 7m which was perfect for my 60 killergrams upwind in the strong patches - but definitely underdone when it eased back a long way. Made it up towards the red/white channel pole hoping for some good strong patches to plane home with - but alas it was a slow downwind to get home.
The 8.5 RSX sail would have been the better compromise.

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
25 Aug 2018 10:18AM
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Today's looking like mostly 10-15kt NNW-NE perfect Raceboard wind. Hope to get out into it much earler than always later - this time 4 sure!
Jethro - do you want to try the Severne 8.5m on your Lechner thingy?

Jethrow
NSW, 684 posts
25 Aug 2018 6:22PM
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Opps, doing the leadmine thing today. Definitely looking at getting out in the next few weeks. I think my shoulder recovery has plateaued so that must mean it's good to go ;)

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
25 Aug 2018 10:50PM
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As usual got out there much later than planned. Efd around making a 2cm longer mast extension spacer. Got on the water around 2pm into an unexpectedly light NE breeze with ominous dark thundering clouds in north and bolts of lightning vicinity of Lion.

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
8 Sep 2018 12:09PM
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Rigging the RB 9.5
Southerly 5-15kt+
Good direction for Pittwater - straight down the middle

Jethrow
NSW, 684 posts
8 Sep 2018 8:15PM
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You looked good out there today AF. We were along side as you were working up the southern bay, near the Viper Cat. I was interested watching as you were obviously in the marginal transition breeze between displacement and planning. You were pacing the cat in displacement but just a little increase and you doubled your speed whereas the cat just accelerated a bit.

AyreForce1
NSW, 266 posts
16 Sep 2018 10:52AM
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Jethrow said..
You looked good out there today AF. We were along side as you were working up the southern bay, near the Viper Cat. I was interested watching as you were obviously in the marginal transition breeze between displacement and planning. You were pacing the cat in displacement but just a little increase and you doubled your speed whereas the cat just accelerated a bit.

Yeh I'm getting better at using each gust in the light stuff and am always testing my speed & pointing against anything worth chasing. But in these light wind conditions, the class heavies label it as 'non-planing' and where only allowed (I think) 2 races per day in such conditions. And then my 60kg is not enough when the breeze kicks in above 15kt - but I'm not giving up - it's too much fun. Look forward to getting you out there on your D11 with one of my 8.5m rigs.



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