Steve Thorp

  • Thursday, December 8, 2011
  • United Kingdom

  • Max. 2 sec.
  • 47.41knots
Average speed
44.62  ( 46.38 44.77 44.23 44.13 43.61 )
  • 100 m run
  • 46.99knots
  • 250 m run
  • 46.12knots
  • 500 m run
  • 40.16knots
  • Nautical mile
  • 18.59knots
  • 1 hour avg speed
  • 13.11knots
  • Alpha racing
  • 19.16knots
  • Distance
  • 48km
  • Duration
  • 02:30:30
  • Windspeed
  • 35 - 55knots
  • Wind direction
  • W ( 270)

Really didn't need more time off work, so couldn't believe there was another 'best day ever' forecast for today. Figured I'd go work early in the morning and keep an eye on the updates leaving as late as possible. (thanks Howie as ever!)

In the end I had to go! Arrived at Kirby at 1pm very excited having had the van blowing around all the way from Leicester and constant reports on the radio of wind damage and closed roads, tiles off roofs etc. And sure enough it was honking and had already swung around to a good direction. So took a gamble and rigged the 4.5m

The wind promptly dropped to a Force 4..

It did as expected though and started to fill in. I was perhaps a bit optimistic expecting it to nuke, but I really thought today was the day.

As it was I had one fully powered run (during the rain squall) and managed my best 10sec run ever at 46.38knots on a fairly square course. Desperate to get another run in quick, I decided to sail straight back upwind and found I had to tack my way up through the strongest wind of the day. It didn't trouble the 4.5 and maybe if I'd waited 20 seconds I'd have gone quicker on the run with the broader angle? 

Anyway. The 4.5 with 17fin felt super fast. Trouble is I need a 1 in 5 yr storm to get it out the bag again. Not surprising perhaps as I was fine the other day on the 5.0 when it was gusting 60..

I've found the 17 to be even more solid through the chop than the 20. I haven't had a single wipe out during the last two days. Can't wait for a day when I can really test the maximum wind range of this set up, but it could be a bloody long time waiting. Glad I took the small gear out anyway, I've learnt a few things, and it's surprised me how fast it's gone whilst 'underpowered'.

Bit bummed I didn't make a 45+ average, sailed until it was pitch black hoping for another squall but it never came. Should really have gone atleast 5.0

Congrats to all the pb'ers, great to see everyone frothing. And well done to Jaques who I'm pretty sure has smoked us all as usual.


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