• Max. 2 sec.
  • 42.19knots
Average speed
39.18  ( 41.13 39.48 39.27 38.34 37.67 )
  • 100 m run
  • 41.29knots
  • 250 m run
  • 41.04knots
  • 500 m run
  • 40.44knots
  • Nautical mile
  • 38.1knots
  • 1 hour avg speed
  • 9.72knots
  • Alpha racing
  • 22.13knots
  • Distance
  • 48km
  • Duration
  • 01:19:00
  • Windspeed
  • 0 - 0knots
  • Wind direction
  • SW ( 270)

This was a tough session for everyone. It was the windiest I've experienced at Southend and really choppy in the channel when entering the course and sailing back upwind. It took me a while to get in to the groove as I was pretty overpowered on my 5.1 but with a bit of tuning things slowly started to improve.

Once my peaks were consistently in the 40's, I decided to head upwind and try to do a decent nautical mile. Twenty minutes of tacking upwind (6 tacks on each side) was pretty gruelling for a single run back which would take little more than 1 minute 30 seconds!

During the first half of the run I averaged over 40 knots and I passed a rowing boat which seemed a little out of place in the strong winds. About two thirds of the way into my run and doing over 40 knots my fin started grinding on the bottom but I managed to avoid catapulting and bore off into what should have been deeper water where I hit the bottom again! After these narrow escapes my speed was down to 30 knots so for the remainder of the run I was getting back up to speed and calming my nerves. :o

During my mile attempt my peak was 41.5 knots and the fastest 10s was 41.1 knots. The overall result for the mile was 38.1 knots (PB) and it also included PBs for 500m (40.4 knots - my first over 40 knots) and 250m (41.0 knots). I think the angle was about as good as you could hope for because any broader would have created too much chop. My new PBs should keep me smiling for the next few weeks. :)

Only 4 speedies were out today and it has to be said that it was total carnage!

- After a year off the water Lance had 2 big crashes in succession and put a nice dent in his sail

- Jim hit the bottom during a speed run which trashed his fin, snapped the harness line and broke the clasp of his harness. Earlier in the day he also had the misfortune of trashing another fin on the leeward side of the Ray!

- Ian span out on his last run, snapped the bottom batten with his knee, split his nose open on the boom and has a nice lump between his eyes.

- I knackered my fin by scraping it on the bottom during my nautical mile attempt.

The Ray threw everything at us today but I'm pleased to have come away with a few PBs - 250m, 500m, 1852m.

Best 500m run