gps-speedsurfing
Results of the day
 
1Farrel O Shea45.8
2Steve Thorp45.31
3Kev Greenslade44.15
4Pete Young43.89
5Graham Turner43.21
6Oisin van Gelderen43.19
7Stuart Trunkfield42.74
8Ian Richards41.76
9Guy Molyneux41.66
10Jim Crossley40.86
11Martin Waldron40.54
12Neil Hardwick40.53
13Paul Burgess39.62
14Ben Tilston38.21
15Mark Hayford37.93
16Mark Bailey36.76
17Tim Tarrington33.45
18Peter Crook32.54
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What could be better than getting a 40+knot top speed?  Getting a 40.86 average the next day.  Fantastic conditions, but one thing I learned today, is how much I don't know about going super fast!  On the plus side I know I can go faster when I sort my board, fin sail, stance and technique!

Finally made it to WK, last minute decision leaving Weymouth at 2030 arrived at 0120 then couldn’t sleep for excitement, but boy was it worth it, this place rocks, topped with a really friendly atmosphere, best day’s speed sailing ever. Really nice to meet the WK crowd.

Couldn’t be happier with times count me in for next time its firing. Still plenty to learn watching the boys Awesome.

 

P.S thanks stew for feeding and watering me

ps. lost my sbn file for the gps with 48.5 on it, but have the sbp...
Today was one big windsurfing lesson for me. Never sailed in 50 knot gusts so I was nervous whilst waiting to do my first run down the course. As a result, I did not notice that my boom was way way to low, noticed when I was going at full tilt though. The inevitable "over the bars" happen at the end of my first run, resulting me putting my knee through my sails bottom panel, a small tear in the second panel and snapping the second batten, f**k. PB's flying all over place and no spare sail and one new sail dead, felt like buggering off home! Eventually decided to continue with a broken sail. Sail felt like shit but it was better than nothing I guess. Know wondering if I could have squeezed an extra 2 or 3 knots extra with an undamaged sail? Disappointing day, next time in nukin winds, I will be careful how I crash, IE try to unhook:) Great turn out, lots of old and new faces, good to catch up:)  

I spent the first couple of hours struggling to get to grips with my speed board. Unfortunately I never managed to get it going - guess it comes down to my technique on sailing with smaller kit but hopefully I learned something and maybe I'll have more luck next time !
 
I then switched to my Super Cross 96 (from which this session is posted), settled in straight away and felt much more at home and very quickly smashed most of my previous PB's and very nearly peaked at over 40 knots !! Thinking back I think this has got to be the windiest conditions I've ever sailed in !

Also want to say thanks to Farrel for the rigging tips / advice - I'm now looking forward to getting out again with my sails rigged properly now !

Good to see such a good turnout and to put some faces to names I've seen on GP3S.

A day of firsts for me.  First day at a speed course, first time on a speed board and first time hiting 40kts.

Made the trip up to WK with a fair bit of apprehension but in the end had the best days sailing ever.

Arrived about 10ish and stood in awe as I watched all the big guns nuke it down the course.  Unfortunately my smallest sail is a 5.8 and after hearing most were on smaller I carried on watching from the comfort of my car building up courage and looking at how it should be done. 

At 12 I plucked up the courage, rigged up and got out there.  First couple of runs were bloody scary and out of control but with peaks of only 25 and 28kts :-(.  Decided to just go for it and sheet in - steadily I improved run by run 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 (interspersed with a couple of wipeouts and a batten breakage) getting closer and closer to the wall.  It all paid off and eventually I saw the magic 40kts on the screen - AWESOME!! Bucket load of PB’s smashed too.

Definitely need to work on the technique and kit tuning but hopefully that will come with practice.  Top day, top company and looking forward to doing it all again soon...

time for bed
Re post, bit gutted not to get any PBs today, but well done to those who did in these hard core conditions, think I need a 40/45 wide board and a 5m for days like this, or put on some weight LOL.
Tried the Evo2 5.5 for the first time but not a good day for tuning kit, and totally different to the RS6.
Great turnout for UK speedsailing.  
Incredible to say on a day when I broke most of my PB's that I never felt comfortable today, first time sailing since November 2009, would love to have been current, but enough of that.



What a cracking day.




Broken records, broken booms, ripped sails, cuts and bruises but loads of smiling faces.




Had what I though was my biggest crash ever on my second run, smashed by boom into 4 pieces but walked away, but I was wrong, the biggest crash ever was on my last run; slammed the water with the back of my head and thought I was in trouble, couldn't focus or get my thoughts together for a good while afterwards. Resulting headache forced me to finish, although I was done anyway. Ended up nauseous for the next few hours but it passed.




Oisin van Gelderen was the Irishman of the day and jumped up to an overall ranking of 36 (top Irishman), well done.




Steve and Farrell were on fire though, both with peaks over 48kts and I suspect new PB's for them.




The water may not be as flat as before the wall refurbishment but West Kirby is still the best speedsailing venue in the British Isles in my view.




Quote of the day: I can go faster but I just don't know how.
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Incredible to say on a day when I broke most of my PB's that I never felt comfortable today, first time sailing since November 2009, would love to have been current, but enough of that. 



What a cracking day.




Broken records, broken booms, ripped sails, cuts and bruises but loads of smiling faces.




Had what I though was my biggest crash ever on my second run, smashed by boom into 4 pieces but walked away, but I was wrong, the biggest crash ever was on my last run; slammed the water with the back of my head and thought I was in trouble, couldn't focus or get my thoughts together for a good while afterwards. Resulting headache forced me to finish, although I was done anyway. Ended up nauseous for the next few hours but it passed.




Oisin van Gelderen was the Irishman of the day and jumped up to an overall ranking of 36 (top Irishman), well done.




Steve and Farrell were on fire though, both with peaks over 48kts and I suspect new PB's for them.




The water may not be as flat as before the wall refurbishment but West Kirby is still the best speedsailing venue in the British Isles in my view.




Quote of the day: I can go faster but I just don't know how.
Yesterdays Weather data.

MetO mslp chart was about spot on with realtime data.

Hilbre weatherstation wind speed data typically 10% higher than lakeside. 
(time lines at 4hrs, ie. 0400,0800,1200,1600,2000)

Mesoscale not uploaded, as the 06z run never materialised.





Time lines are gmt not bst ie. 1200hrs midday gmt = 1300hrs bst

That gradual decline in wind strength during the afternoon was caused by the invading occluded front heading down from the north, slowly cutting off the westerly flow.  The occlusion hit around 5pm bst.

Uploaded using gpsresults version 6.9 on PC with two Gt31's with latest firmware.

Ripped Sail
Missing batten
Bleeding finger
Biggest wipe out
Great Day!
Sounds like the perfect day ;)
Had to re-upload
Awesome day arrive at midnight with Tim and Darren up at 6.30 and on the water early but not before Ian.  First time out on a real speed board and the W44 starboard was amazing.  The new 5.2 X15 fely contrllable and solid with plenty of shape low down and after chatting with Steve I added more downhaul and gained a knot or two.  great bunch of people there and a great day.  Got some video so I will post it when its edited.  Sorry Steve about photo's had a call fro work and had to leave quickly will get you next time sorry. 
No worries duder.

Here's me blog stuff, lots of pics, tracks, gopro, usual..

http://www.stevethorp.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=301&Itemid=38

And well done Faz!

Updated with filters applied and tracks combined.
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