One helluva huge day in Perth WA

One helluva huge day in Perth WA

Post by Andrew Wo » Sat, 27 Jun 1992 15:41:58


Here in Perth yesterday, we had a HUGE day...

40kt steady winds with gusts up to about 50kts at one time (that's what
everyone thought anyway)...

Walked down to the beach (with difficulty) and thought about putting up
my World Cup Slalom 4.5 and got told to forget it!! The average size was
4.0 and most stuff out there was wave gear. Some nice jumps were done
and alot of broken gear.

My question to those guys who go sailing in gorge conditions, how can
you rig a 4.0 or 4.5 so that it aint twitchy as hell and how the hell do
you slow down to gybe (even laydowns were hard to do) when the wind is
howling around the 40kt mark ? I am not sheeting out!! becuase the
chop was about 2 ft high every 5 feet... very very rough hammering stuff.

 
 
 

One helluva huge day in Perth WA

Post by GARY BOAT » Sun, 28 Jun 1992 00:03:25

Quote:
>... twitchy as hell and how the hell do
>you slow down to gybe (even laydowns were hard to do) when the wind is
>howling around the 40kt mark ? I am not sheeting out!! becuase the
>chop was about 2 ft high every 5 feet... very very rough hammering stuff.

Try moving your booms higher, in fact move them higher until they feel too
high and you must stop to lower them.  Nine times out of ten I find this to
be the main problem when the wind sarts to get serious.  Your rig will feel
more balanced and the sail twist should be more neutral in the gusts...

 
 
 

One helluva huge day in Perth WA

Post by Bill Martins » Sun, 28 Jun 1992 03:23:39

Quote:

>Here in Perth yesterday, we had a HUGE day...

>40kt steady winds with gusts up to about 50kts at one time (that's what
>everyone thought anyway)...

>My question to those guys who go sailing in gorge conditions, how can
>you rig a 4.0 or 4.5 so that it aint twitchy as hell and how the hell do
>you slow down to gybe (even laydowns were hard to do) when the wind is
>howling around the 40kt mark ? I am not sheeting out!! becuase the
>chop was about 2 ft high every 5 feet... very very rough hammering stuff.

In the gorge when its blowing 40kts people are using 8' boards and 3.0 sails!>

 
 
 

One helluva huge day in Perth WA

Post by Ken Berg » Sun, 28 Jun 1992 05:40:54

Quote:

>>My question to those guys who go sailing in gorge conditions, how can
>>you rig a 4.0 or 4.5 so that it aint twitchy as hell and how the hell do
>>you slow down to gybe (even laydowns were hard to do) when the wind is
>>howling around the 40kt mark ? I am not sheeting out!! becuase the
>>chop was about 2 ft high every 5 feet... very very rough hammering stuff.

>In the gorge when its blowing 40kts people are using 8' boards and 3.0 sails!>

>In the gorge when its blowing 40kts people are using 8' boards and 3.0 sails!>

That would probably be a 3.5 for us big guys.

Jibing in nuklear conditons:  Try pointing really high into the wind
to reduce board speed just before bearing off into your jibe.  Watch
out for RAPID acceleration in the first half of the jibe.  Time this
slowdown for the top of a big swell or wave for added fun [8^)

The Bergermiester

 
 
 

One helluva huge day in Perth WA

Post by Kirk Lindstr » Wed, 01 Jul 1992 01:08:12

Quote:
>Walked down to the beach (with difficulty) and thought about putting up
>my World Cup Slalom 4.5 and got told to forget it!! The average size was
>4.0 and most stuff out there was wave gear. Some nice jumps were done
>and alot of broken gear.

>My question to those guys who go sailing in gorge conditions, how can
>you rig a 4.0 or 4.5 so that it aint twitchy as hell and how the hell do
>you slow down to gybe (even laydowns were hard to do) when the wind is
>howling around the 40kt mark ? I am not sheeting out!! becuase the
>chop was about 2 ft high every 5 feet... very very rough hammering stuff.

----------
It was blowing 30-40 at Rio Vista Saturday.  I surveyed the big guys after
and we were on 3.5 to 4.5.  those of us on 4.5's were overdownhauled to
make the sail act like a smaller sail (easier than rerigging and maybe
missing the wind).  One guy at 180 was just about right on a 3.5.  Locals
were getting good air time on 3.7 to  4.2s.

Jibing- Well, I read last week "speed is your friend when overpowered" so
I just gritted my teeth and went for it.  With all that speed, I just carved
a nice wide arc and timed it with the 3' swells such that I didn't have as
much speed by the time I came off the 1st swell and into the back of the next
swell.  Too little speed, and I could use the 2nd swell to regain speed!
Thanks to who ever wrote that advice as it sure worked for me.  Hit 4 jibes
in a row like a champ where I was having problems jibing when overpowered
before.  Oh yeah, if ya get scared your knees often tend to straighten and it
is launch city then.  Really leaning into the turns seemed to help alot.

Who said you can't learn from reading?

Kirk out
8'8" Challange Flex, 8'11" & 9'3" ASD epoxy, 9'9" Velocity & 11'6" Malibu

 
 
 

One helluva huge day in Perth WA

Post by Juri Munk » Thu, 02 Jul 1992 04:01:25

Quote:

>Who said you can't learn from reading?

I don't know, but while sailing today, I was thinking about how much I
have learned from reading Windsurfing Magazine even though I feel that
the magazine could be a lot better.

My jibes are still improving. Most of the improvements are thanks to
articles in WM and on this newsgroup. My sailing speed has increased
a bit, but most of the improvement there should be attributed to time
on the water instead of reading. For less delicate adjustments, learning
by reading certainly makes things easier.

The wind has been remarkably regular this summer. More than 50% of days
in June have been sailable with a 6.0 or smaller.

Best advice of the year: never sheet out.

--
  Juri Munkki                                          Windsurf: fast sailing

 
 
 

One helluva huge day in Perth WA

Post by Richard Mau » Fri, 03 Jul 1992 04:14:02

Quote:


>>Here in Perth yesterday, we had a HUGE day...

>>40kt steady winds with gusts up to about 50kts at one time (that's what
>>everyone thought anyway)...

>>My question to those guys who go sailing in gorge conditions, how can
>>you rig a 4.0 or 4.5 so that it aint twitchy as hell and how the hell do
>>you slow down to gybe (even laydowns were hard to do) when the wind is
>>howling around the 40kt mark ? I am not sheeting out!! becuase the
>>chop was about 2 ft high every 5 feet... very very rough hammering stuff.

>In the gorge when its blowing 40kts people are using 8' boards and 3.0 sails!>

At the gorge with those large swells it makes jibing easy even in
those big winds. It is scary when the water is choppy like at Crissy
Field or a big day at Coyotee.

--
Richard Mauri               // Not ready to face the winter.
SW Eng / X hack             // Pray for wind.
Trimble Navigation Ltd.     // Pay the bills.