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Brisbane Olympic Racefoil

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Created by airsail > 9 months ago, 22 Jul 2021
airsail
QLD, 920 posts
22 Jul 2021 6:26AM
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So they have decided to hold it at Alexander Headland. Being held in late July there will only be westerlies blowing, directly offshore, shielded by the high headland. Entry and exit from the water via a surf beach.

Not much thought has gone into it, should be held in Elliot Heads or Cairns.

Mitch Pearson
QLD, 255 posts
22 Jul 2021 8:03AM
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airsail said..
So they have decided to hold it at Alexander Headland. Being held in late July there will only be westerlies blowing, directly offshore, shielded by the high headland. Entry and exit from the water via a surf beach.

Not much thought has gone into it, should be held in Elliot Heads or Cairns.



decided already? there's 11 years to go.

airsail
QLD, 920 posts
22 Jul 2021 8:08AM
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Hopefully some logic comes into it over the next 11 years.


Mitch Pearson
QLD, 255 posts
22 Jul 2021 8:12AM
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airsail said..
Hopefully some logic comes into it over the next 11 years.



haha ok fair enough. yes hopefully.

Lando
WA, 14 posts
22 Jul 2021 12:39PM
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It'll be a challenging venue for sure, should be an awesome event!

KBGhost
QLD, 203 posts
23 Jul 2021 12:12PM
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airsail said..
So they have decided to hold it at Alexander Headland. Being held in late July there will only be westerlies blowing, directly offshore, shielded by the high headland. Entry and exit from the water via a surf beach.

Not much thought has gone into it, should be held in Elliot Heads or Cairns.


Alex is a strange choice given nobody kites there ever.

Being olympics they will probably run them out to deep water on duckys or something so I don't think that's a factor.

Definitely not all westerlies this time of year, more like a mixed bag. Had some great NE sessions lately and more NE forecast for this avo.

It will probably mean the heavy rail line gets put through to maroochydore, the corridor is there. Coast is crying out for that. So that's a win I guess.

Elliot Heads is awesome for kiting and I'd support it being there. But really if you're offshore in open ocean, anywhere is the same right? Except FNQ where you're thousands of kms from the rest of the olympics...

Rattlehead
QLD, 554 posts
24 Jul 2021 7:08AM
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I kited there a a couple of times on a formula raceboard , Launched a couple of hundred meters north of the surf club , was an absolute nightmare trying to get through the head high shore break.
I do get it though , once you get off the beach and get a km or two offshore it is beautiful place to sail . You have to remember that these sailors will be professionals , and the support crew and boats ect will be everywhere , also look at some of the venues they sail from ATM , some of those spots look sketchy as .

Spectator wise there would not be too many better spots in SEQ.
I think it would be really good for the coast.

KBGhost
QLD, 203 posts
24 Jul 2021 10:57AM
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I think you nailed it that's why they chose Alex.. spectators. Already the hill is a great gathering point for avo beers and watching surfers.

AquaPlow
QLD, 1039 posts
13 Apr 2022 1:33PM
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KBGhost said..
I think you nailed it that's why they chose Alex.. spectators. Already the hill is a great gathering point for avo beers and watching surfers.



Sketchy conditions - over w/e = Cyclonic swell and S-S.E'ly but went ahead - G8 event.
W/O the swell multiple launch sites would have been open but all went off Spit in Offshore!!
Those race kites all bar one made it upwind to the beach on return - astonishing feats..
This is day 2 & 3 feed...
Not obvious but day 2 from the start/finish boat doing timing - in a trough - tuff gig trying to keep wings in view - the swell was often double over it caused lulls in the wind so coming off foil for the less experienced was another curved ball.





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AP



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