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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Windsurf at Elwood today

Oh lordy that was good. Steady southerly, The Don, The Tone, Benny D, Rocket Roddie and a few others.

After the triumph that was Sandy Point, I had my dander up somewhat and was starting to believe that 37.5 knots on flat water might translate to 30+ on the bay.

WRONG!

Though we did not get the wind strength like Sandy Point- 25k tops today vs. 35k at the Point, it was still strong enough. Heading off the wind beyond 120 degrees and the sail died in your arms like a war buddy (yes that was an appalling metaphor). Another 5-10 knots would have helped to boost speeds above 30, but would have made going upwind, messing about, jumping and whatnot a right nightmare. That's speed sailing for you though- tread softly and carry a big stick.

So, without any further guff, here's the data track for Google Earth.

The .kmz file contains the following note:

I don't call it cheating to go upwind and then bare away onto 120 degrees just to get a bigger top speed. In this case 27.9 knots or 51.67 km/h or if you like 32.1mph

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posted by thr at 8:50 pm

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