• Max. 2 sec.
  • 48.3knots
Average speed
44.48  ( 44.72 44.69 44.42 44.42 44.16 )
  • 100 m run
  • 47.26knots
  • 250 m run
  • 44.27knots
  • 500 m run
  • 40.78knots
  • Nautical mile
  • 0knots
  • 1 hour avg speed
  • 6.9knots
  • Alpha racing
  • 0knots
  • Distance
  • 57km
  • Duration
  • 01:32:00
  • Windspeed
  • 40 - 60knots
  • Wind direction
  • W ( 270)

Brilliant day for speedsailing, epic to see so many keen speedsailors and people travelling so far for a day at the Kirb.

Thought I'd blown it when I didn't bother going out in the morning, then heard that 47's had already been posted, then watched the wind ease. Should have some great pics tho!

My first run was a 45.5 on an upright Gasoil fin borrowed from Farrel, felt really good but unfortunately hit the bottom and snapped the tip off before I managed another (really sorry Farrel, typical it wasn't my fin). Went slower from then on and decided to have a big break and wait.

Didn't get on too well with the square conditions , don't think my swept back fin and light weight help. The Dutch guys really seem to fly in these conditions, very impressive.

Later in the day (very later) the wind picked up to 60knots in the gusts and I managed to get some fast times on the 5.0. Unfortunately it went super super broad almost straight away, so although the slingshot in was amazing, you were soon running into 2ft death chop. I had a huge wipeout where I just let go, knowing that if I held on, my fin (which was barely in the water), was going to loose grip in a horrible way. As it was I cartwheeled twice and had to swim to the opposite bank and pluck my kit off the wall (luckily still in one piece), luckily i found my gps floating by too..

Managed to get pretty confortable in the big wind and on my second from last run and saw the big 5 o on the display! A very very short burst though, my 2 sec max being 48.3 and 10sec only 44.7. If only the course had been flatter it would have been insane, but the 2ft chop after only 20m made it impossible. I think we were only getting 7 seconds before sheeting out to get the board back on the water..  we all tried to hold on for longer, and all went spetacularly over the handlebars. I enjoy this stuff a lot though! I'd saved my energy and the kit works perfect for super broad and windy.

Apologies for getting a bit waspy with the front of the que, but it really is important to get going close to the wall and make use of the flat water in the top corner, and also it's hard to have a fair que system if the 5 guys at the front aren't actually wanting a run but are in the 'ready to go' position, lots of time wasted...   anyway, you're all a great bunch, i feel bad complaining so I won't mention it again.

Congrats to the Dutch guys for schooling us yet again! Perhaps if Ant hangs around for the wind next time we can put up a better fight!

Stoked to see 50 on the dial, hoping it's not too long before we have another crack, really fired up for it now. Just need 60knots again..

(oh, I had some problems uploading as my tracks were in two segments, so I concegated. Seemed to give the same results anayway? software says 49.996knot max....)