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Results of the day
 
1Craig Spottiswood47.76
2Tony Wynhoven46.2
3Chris Lockwood44.76
4Chris Adamson38.23
5Adrian Bonomi25.63
6Andrew Daff23.61
7Andrew Daff22.28
Too much wind for me. Just managed 2 runs when the wind eased a bit. First run totally out of control. Second run about 80% on the gas.
PB for peak speed, 2 sec and 10 sec and 100m on that run.
I waited all afternoon for the wind to ease back but it didn't. I have not seen such a consistently strong wind here before. There weren't really andy squalls or lulls. It was consistent 40-45 knots almost the time, easing back to 35 briefly very rarely and gusting to over 50 knots in long sustained gusts regularly.
I might have to see my sailmaker about that 4m Koncept. We have talked about it in the past but these days are so rare we thought it was not worth it.
This post is from the GT-35 SBP file I had on my arm. I have not downloaded the two GT-31's in my helmet yet.
Respect and congrats dudes!!!

Already expected some huge speeds as i was drooling over the forecasts this week
I really need to come over to the pit someday.

Nice pics looks f***ing epic.
http://www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=55570&whichpage=2
amazing!!!!! congrats from holland
Fantastic guys. More congrats from Holland. Lots of respect surfing with these windspeeds.
What a privilege to be at Sandy Point for the windiest day I have ever seen, and for a day that will go down as one of the great days in GPS-Speedsurfing history. A big congratulations to all of the Victorian KA guys who really showed how it was done.
Obviously I was grotesquely overpowered on the 5.2. I think I had the biggest sail out there and I am only 78kg (plus 6kg lead) so it was a real battle - but having flown  four hours and driven three to be here, I had to give it a crack. Mainly it was a case of crouching by the waters edge and waiting for a lull that never came. My peak speed as above was probably done in the lightest lull of the day, when I was able to momentarily sheet in. Of the six runs attempted, the other five all ended in crashes!
Amongst the group on the beach it was widely discussed that if only the wind would back off by 20 knots, it would have been perfect!
Anyway, very happy to have survived such a wild day and to have a PB next to my name. Even better was to have witnessed the elite in some of  the greatest speed-sailing ever done; Spotty, Slowboat and Tony you were truly unbelievable today!
Crazy and beautiful day. What a memorable experience! Had a similar setup to Tony Wynhoven who's 110kg - I'm 75kg. Go figure.



The max 1 sec speed from the second run cannot be verified with accurate trackpoints due to satellite problems, but doppler has it at over 48knots which is good enough for me. So I've put in the 2 sec software figure which again, cannot be verified. Now that I'm able to sail over 45knots I think I need to get myself 2 x GT35's or the next wiz bang unit!




Well done to all the other lads. Balls of steel!
Hi guys,

Awesome efforts. The pics look great. Congratulations Spotty!
R E S P E C T !!!

Great pictures, looks like a battlefield over there :)
Respect!!!!
nice pictures, congrats from appie happie! i must come over, to that spot. greats from Holland 

Sorry about the delay,

YEEEEE!!!HAAAARRRRR!!!! You Beauty!!! just been letting the good vibes settle in, still coming to grips with it all, the result was most unexpected for me. We have all been waiting for a day like this at Sandy Pt for sometime, with the past heavy rainfall and sizeable swell running in Bass Strait I did not think the tide would go far enough out. I thought that it was only going to be a survival day with maybe a 43 average. The tide in the end just went far enough out to set up what seemed a wider than usual rideable course down the bank. No special suits, man made trenches or vehicles to get you back up the course, just a hard endurance battle to start, finish and walk back in the constant 40-50 knot sandstorm with the lead weight on your back, the actual runs were awesome!!.

4 hours 6 runs…

Run 1

with camera onboard peaked at 45 with a 10 sec around 43, it was pretty unsettled. Sailing back did not seem a good option, with all runs requiring a long slog thru the soft sand to the first dune then sail the last bit to the start. This was so exhausting, you had to wait some time before you had enough energy to do another run making it hard to get lots of runs in before the tide changed.  
Onboard video for this run here http://www.vimeo.com/6775929
You will have to wait for the HD footage taken by Drift Media from the shore just after start of run.

Run 2
data 47.86 max , 47.18 10sec , PB and now quite excited, with the course also improving with deeper longer runs.

Run 3

data 49.996 max , 49.046 10sec, 47.183 500m, 49.078 250m seemed more controlled with 50.01 on the GT31 display making my jaw drop and fist punch the air, followed with congratulations with Adrian B and Tony W on the long walk back.

Run 4

data 49.724 max, 48.952 10sec, 48.709 500m was also controlled just the slow downs were getting really wild as the tide came in. Really stoked about the 500!!! with A.Albeaus official WR500m of 49.09 feeling very close.

Run 5

data 48.693 max, 47.312 10sec, 45.694 500m. The tide now starting to have more effect, and I was getting really exhausted but new there was still a worthwhile run better than the first to cement the 5x10.

Run 6

data 47.197 max, 46.285 10sec, 44.723 500m. Chris L and myself left on the course, made my last run as he came back I think, another long walk followed this time all the way to the BBQ, thanks for moving the car Rupert.

Best 5 runs were all done with a broken battern at the bottom camber, it broke on the first run due to me adding more tension beforehand. All in all to be honest the runs were ridiculously smooth and constant and left me feeling I could of had a slightly bigger sail or a little bit more wind. I know this sounds stupid but it was so GOOD!. Left us with the impression the 49 5x10 is achievable with same conditions, and maybe better with a lower tide.    Definately think now a 49 to 50 500m is achievable with maybe a lower tide and deeper run.

AMAC and Chris the sail, fin and board did not flinch at all on the big runs, absolutely awesome result on stock, off the shelf gear, hats off to you both!.

Totally stoked there were so many crew there to witness, and to give it a go in such conditions. Pleased to see Tonster, Daffy, Ado, Matt and others get PB’s, great effort considering the size/weight for some of you guys.  This is a really important factor for the sport and windsurfing industry, and proves great speeds can be achieved by the small, the tall  the heavy the light.

Thanks also to Mick 'Drift Media' and Jodi 'Whitecaps Photography' for capturing the moment whilst we took on the wind and sand.

Cheers

Craig

Congratulations!
What a day!
Looking forward to see the footage from the people at the beach :)
Wow. That was windy.

Smallest sail I had was 5.5m evoII. I did one run on it unhooked and it was impossible to hang on. A bit later I was offered a 4.7m evo II for a run. I tried but it was also not possible to hook in. That was my 5th fastest run for the day, and I put a hole in it trying to sail it back and crashing.

A bit later, Tim Stockton offered me some runs on his old RS6 5m. I think the wind had backed off a bit. Only managed 4 runs on that before the tide was racing in and I had to get the car out. Driving through water so there was no time for another run.

I only managed to get 2 10 second runs with a minimum speed over 40kts. I did get a solid gust and had a nice steady run, but the rig wasnt tuned for me (Tim without weight is about 30kg lighter) so it wasnt feeling efficient. Heaps of drag towards the end.

I saw spotty and tony scortching down the run a few times. Great to see some others making the most of it. Awesome effort for all the guys that had a go. It was really dangerous since you couldnt really waterstart off the bank and there was little chance to recover from a crash other than swimming into the wind. Mad day.
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Wow! Epic day at the Pit. Arrived to find the water looking very "angry" and decided to go small. I rigged the 5.0 (never used) then had another look at the water. Decided to go silly and  unwrap the 08 4.4 KA koncept that hasn't been out of the bag in 2 years. I took the bubble wrap off the mast and put it all together. I Grabbed the Missiles and the 21 Assy Ka fin(also never used). As all the small gear was out for the first time I took the old faithful missile "s" so things werent too different. Did consistant 46 peaks and decided I had hit the top end of the Missile "s" speed. Went back and grabbed the Missile "xs" and instantly put on 2.5 knots. As I became more used to the gear the speeds got faster and faster.  The 3rd run showing 49.48 on the dail. Unfortunately I only did the 3 runs on the small board before the tide was lapping at the car and had to call it a day. I really needed 2 more runs to get the average up as I had 47.88, 47.12, 47.1, then 2 at 44's on the big missile. Could have been mid 47 average.....
I picked up a weight jacket on the way home and next time will run some weight and maybe the 5.0.
The 4.4 Koncept felt awesome in the gusts and the 21 KA assy fin was as reliable and smooth as its big brother(23assy).
Congrats to Spotty as he has done some amazing speeds. He definately deserves this success and has a great "no techno" attitude which is refreshing in this sport. He will be pirched on top for a long time I'm sure. Well done mate.
cheers Tony
all speeds on 2 x GT31
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