The only downside with West Kirby is that it is a lake bounded by four walls.
This causes big problems with chop. Rolling, reflective and wake chop, all
combining to give a very rough ride on the bottom half of the course.
The optimum angle for West Kirby is around 300 degrees, just west of NWbW, roughly
148 degrees sailing angle, super broad. The session from the 1st of October last year, in the morning
was about this angle, with winds gusting up around 35kts. Farrel was hitting 47+ on the vmax's.
The majority of the course was flat, with the windflow slighlty broader than a WNW, the reflective
chop was coming back into the course much further dowm, when compared with a west or WNW, as with the session
on the 11 Jan 07, when Bob and Steve were hitting big numbers
The benefits of sand Bar speeds strips over West Kirby are a clean laminar windflow and less chop,
in particular the reflective variety. Big chop only occurs when the tidal flow is against the wind.
The downside of the sand bar is that they are pretty remote and hard work to get to.
The PiT having the best of both worlds.