has anyone tried Frenchmans bay on a strong offshore W or NW? Thinking a run from Lilacs to the start of a Naughty run. Cheers Woody
Yep, done the westerly, bit like the easterly except from the other direction.
Running along the sand bar is flat but the issue is the town end at what would be the bottom of the run is a bit of a wind shadow so if you rig down at the normal spot you think the winds a lot less than whats out on the bar.
Best bet is to launch from the other end.
From memory I got a spanking and 39? on my session
Gday Woody. I tried it, didn't like it at all in a westerly. GAF+++
i prefer the Shoal Bay beach, very pleasant spot and you can still get flat water on the edge of the weed bank.
Another option in a westerly would be on the eastern side of sand spit above Rushy Point at Little Grove. Have sailed it in W & WSW and it's smoother than Shoal Bay in a big blow. Access via Stubbs Rd then take a right onto Marine Terrace, with a nice grassy rigging area and a picnic table near the water.
Hey guys thanks for the tips. Appreciated. Rob, I saw that place on a calm day and my mind did ponder...and Elmo I think the change of rigging area would be a good idea. 39 sounds promising. On my next trip I will check out that spot GazMan. I think with the variables of wind direction and tide, checking all three spots would be the go now in the know??After my last session on an NE with a high tide, expectations can be sometimes too high when a place is renowned for epic windy flat. If coods doesn't look good this week then Albany may be worth an experimental westerly wind trip. Especially if it's going to blow hard down there. Thanks again guys
Hey woody have you tried Australind in a westerly? if the tide isn't too high it can be loads of fun.
Hey Mike, I haven't sailed Australind yet. Speaking to Boz today I guess a low tide would be best?
Yeah Boz is right, lower tide is the go. Only a nutter would go for speed if the tide is up
But not too low. Look at Friday, windy and low tide.
I have been to shoal bay in a west. It was pretty nice A bit gusty but perfectly doable.
One of the issues you will have at Shoal Bay in a Westerly is the tide. Typically when the pressure drops you get a +ve storm or low pressure surge & if the wind is strong enough it will also push a bit of extra water in.
For an example of the +ve reading have a look at
www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/albany-tide-and-wave.asp +20cms at the moment.
Once it gets up too high you can't get onto the beach/weed area to rig & are left to do it on the roadside or in the small parking area. There will also be no flat water.
Looks like you can try all the spots out over the next few days and report back, but hang on!