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What gear to bring

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Created by spanishwog > 9 months ago, 17 Jan 2018
spanishwog
QLD, 89 posts
17 Jan 2018 7:43PM
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Hi west aussies - coming over from BNE for work on Sunday and have scored the long weekend off in PER so am bringing some gear.
If I look at the forecast this Sunday for PER for next Fri-Sun to decide whether to bring big gear (112L / 7.2 & 6.5) or smaller gear (95L / 6.5 & 5.5) - in your experience does the forecast hold?
cheers
Troy

Subsonic
WA, 1553 posts
17 Jan 2018 5:50PM
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spanishwog said..
Hi west aussies - coming over from BNE for work on Sunday and have scored the long weekend off in PER so am bringing some gear.
If I look at the forecast this Sunday for PER for next Fri-Sun to decide whether to bring big gear (112L / 7.2 & 6.5) or smaller gear (95L / 6.5 & 5.5) - in your experience does the forecast hold?
cheers
Troy



I would say go with the 112 combo youve mentioned.

Thats without knowing your weight, and assuming youre not planning on tripping further north than Lanno...

We're kinda getting screwed around by ex cyclone whatsherface at the moment, but the pattern should be back by Sunday.

spanishwog
QLD, 89 posts
17 Jan 2018 8:54PM
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75KG's so was thinking the bigger gear and if it gets windy I will just hold on tighter.
Looking at GPSTC seems Melville or Safety bay are the go in and around PER. Will there be plenty to share the water with at either location?
cheers

Subsonic
WA, 1553 posts
17 Jan 2018 7:27PM
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spanishwog said..
75KG's so was thinking the bigger gear and if it gets windy I will just hold on tighter.
Looking at GPSTC seems Melville or Safety bay are the go in and around PER. Will there be plenty to share the water with at either location?
cheers




Yep, rig at Carlilse st boat ramp or the pond if sailing safety bay. Theres a regular local crew down there.

Rig at mellvile beach rd carpark if sailing melville. Plenty of people sailing there on a windy day

safety bay has a variety of sailing conditions to choose from, open ocean conditions/slightly choppy blasting conditions and flat water. Melville is flat but gusty. As usual ask a local where to sail/where not to sail, especially melville. Theres a few shallow spots to look out for.

edit: theres also pelican point which is reasonably close to the city. You can do an upwinder/downwinder to melville and back if youre into that sorta thing. Choppy conditions on a saturday/sunday with the boat traffic on melville waters.

stehsegler
WA, 2954 posts
17 Jan 2018 7:36PM
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Are you planning on sailing on the river or the Ocean? Are you prepared to drive or do you want to sail in Perth?Saturday / Sunday will be light... from looking at the charts I'd say it will steadily increase through out next week. Anything after Wednesday next week is a wild guess.

BSN101
WA, 1553 posts
17 Jan 2018 9:44PM
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SW, Augusta looks to be on this Sunday, but it is a long drive. I certainly hope to get there.

spanishwog
QLD, 89 posts
18 Jan 2018 9:37PM
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Thanks guys - coming over this Sunday - sailing next weekend - depending on the breeze Melville will be my first point of call on Friday - hope to meet some locals to cruise around with.
cheers

Swindy
WA, 250 posts
19 Jan 2018 4:13PM
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spanishwog said..
Thanks guys - coming over this Sunday - sailing next weekend - depending on the breeze Melville will be my first point of call on Friday - hope to meet some locals to cruise around with.
cheers


Personally I would avoid the city on Friday 26th and head to safety bay unless you are staying near Melville. Its going to be a little busy.

Mark _australia
WA, 18959 posts
20 Jan 2018 9:53AM
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Bring everything then you will get 7 days straight sailing.

mathew
VIC, 1725 posts
20 Jan 2018 2:35PM
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Swindy said..
spanishwog said..
Thanks guys - coming over this Sunday - sailing next weekend - depending on the breeze Melville will be my first point of call on Friday - hope to meet some locals to cruise around with.
cheers


Personally I would avoid the city on Friday 26th and head to safety bay unless you are staying near Melville. Its going to be a little busy.


second'ed ... sort of... Perth has excellent Oz Day celebrations - if you do get a parking spot, you can stay for the fireworks !

spanishwog
QLD, 89 posts
20 Jan 2018 8:38PM
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Safety Bay it is with a drive back to PER just in time for the fireworks - good day out by the sounds of it!!

Cheers

Scrondies
WA, 65 posts
20 Jan 2018 9:04PM
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If it's a SW wind definitely come down to Safety Bay, great runs and some guys go around the islands, beautiful speed spots, just a great spot to sail! Better than battling the hordes around Perth....

spanishwog
QLD, 89 posts
24 Jan 2018 12:13AM
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Well I have arrived with my gear - can.t wait till the weekend.
Went for a walk this arvo and saw some guys blasting across Melville today.
Gunna try and get away from work early enough on Thursday to get down there for a look.

Just one question - looking at GPSTC seems most guys are using weedys over here - do I really need one?
Looking forward to getting on the water with you guys.
cheers
Troy

Bone's
QLD, 153 posts
25 Jan 2018 9:44AM
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Dont forget some pics Troy! Or we wont believe you were there.

Heisenberg
WA, 36 posts
25 Jan 2018 11:29AM
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spanishwog said..
Well I have arrived with my gear - can.t wait till the weekend.
Went for a walk this arvo and saw some guys blasting across Melville today.
Gunna try and get away from work early enough on Thursday to get down there for a look.

Just one question - looking at GPSTC seems most guys are using weedys over here - do I really need one?
Looking forward to getting on the water with you guys.
cheers
Troy


Welcome to the wildwest. You won't need a weedy at Melville. Most the guys that use a weedy do so that want to get onto the speedruns over the sandbar, which can be quite shallow but where the smoothest runs are. If you are just blasting back and forth, any pointer will do, but do talk to the locals about the marker poles on the sand bar which is about 500m from the shore. Have fun.

Stuthepirate
SA, 3437 posts
25 Jan 2018 1:59PM
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You'll need a weed fin at Safety bay or Mandurah or any speed strip that works in summer time.

spanishwog
QLD, 89 posts
26 Jan 2018 8:23PM
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Bone's said..
Dont forget some pics Troy! Or we wont believe you were there.


I was at safety bay today Bones - had a blast - GPS didn't save my log so gunna have to go back again tomorrow to get evidence!!



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