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Gosford/Saratoga Sailboards - (Racing, Freeride & Lessons)

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Created by AUS817 > 9 months ago, 11 Dec 2015
Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
12 Sep 2020 8:33PM
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WaynoB said..
Excellent work Lyndon, you're the Real Solo Man. Great effort to sail for that long. I bow to you.

In 1988 I was in FNQ on a sailing holiday and decided to sail from Shute Harbour to Daydream Island on my Windsurfer O/D. Made it there on the same day as the Pro Sailboard Series Racers arrived, they were heading north.

Had a chat to a few of them then headed back to Shute Harbour, but the tide was against me so I had to hug the coastline to make any headway and keep out of the channel. Took three times as long to get back. Wife was starting to worry. All good.

Glad I did it then as there is no way I'd do it now lol.


Great story Wayne. Nice to share even decades separated. The tides rip up there. Denis WS told me how to use the currents in Whitsunday passage.

I had to make it through certain narrow bits by certain times before the tide changed. If I failed to make it, fortunately I could mostly just find a beach to sleep on, so it took the anxiety out mostly. BUT when I was booked into a resort it was different and stressful , as I didn't want to sleep on a beach while I was paying hundreds for a room.

Solway Passage had the biggest current. Similar to the Rip Bridge but 20 times wider and longer.

AUS817
NSW, 370 posts
17 Sep 2020 9:22AM
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WaynoB said..
Excellent work Lyndon, you're the Real Solo Man. Great effort to sail for that long. I bow to you.

In 1988 I was in FNQ on a sailing holiday and decided to sail from Shute Harbour to Daydream Island on my Windsurfer O/D. Made it there on the same day as the Pro Sailboard Series Racers arrived, they were heading north.

Had a chat to a few of them then headed back to Shute Harbour, but the tide was against me so I had to hug the coastline to make any headway and keep out of the channel. Took three times as long to get back. Wife was starting to worry. All good.

Glad I did it then as there is no way I'd do it now lol.



Great story Wayne. Nice to share even decades separated. The tides rip up there. Denis WS told me how to use the currents in Whitsunday passage.

I had to make it through certain narrow bits by certain times before the tide changed. If I failed to make it, fortunately I could mostly just find a beach to sleep on, so it took the anxiety out mostly. BUT when I was booked into a resort it was different and stressful , as I didn't want to sleep on a beach while I was paying hundreds for a room.

Solway Passage had the biggest current. Similar to the Rip Bridge but 20 times wider and longer.


Great video Lyndon, and what a memorable adventure.

On a separate note Tibor and I had a great afternoon foiling yesterday. I'm pleased to advise that Green Point boat ramp is open again. The waterfront restoration works have been completed, although the long walk through the shallow mud flat still exists, and be mindful of stingrays sitting on the mud flats enjoying the warm water.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
20 Sep 2020 11:35AM
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.be

Great day at Budgie
Matt D leading the way and ripping 29 knots in 15 to 18 knots max.

gpsteamchallenge.com.au/sailor_session/show?date=2020-09-19&team=125

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
20 Sep 2020 11:35AM
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Great day at Budgie
Matt D leading the way and ripping 29 knots in 15 to 18 knots max.

gpsteamchallenge.com.au/sailor_session/show?date=2020-09-19&team=125

Tardy
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20 Sep 2020 4:05PM
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great vid .120 or 130 F race .?

MattDowse
NSW, 165 posts
20 Sep 2020 9:29PM
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Tardy said..
great vid .120 or 130 F race .?


140 F Race with a 8.6m sail and a 28cm delta xt50

Tardy
3837 posts
20 Sep 2020 8:16PM
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Thanks ,good set up ,you where fanging ,
I'm a F Race Fan .

WaynoB
NSW, 379 posts
21 Sep 2020 12:10PM
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.be

Great day at Budgie
Matt D leading the way and ripping 29 knots in 15 to 18 knots max.

gpsteamchallenge.com.au/sailor_session/show?date=2020-09-19&team=125


Excellent work by all concerned. Great video with good music Lyndon. Matty ripping as per usual, some sweet gybes as well. Great stuff boys. Keep it up.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
5 Oct 2020 6:18PM
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Just some of the action with our group. We are all still learning, come join us.

WaynoB
NSW, 379 posts
6 Oct 2020 5:40PM
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Just some of the action with our group. We are all still learning, come join us.



Nice compilation over a couple of different days featuring sailors of varying ability. Well done Lyndon. Nice stack by JD.

AUS817
NSW, 370 posts
8 Oct 2020 1:59PM
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Heavy1 said..
Just some of the action with our group. We are all still learning, come join us.




Nice compilation over a couple of different days featuring sailors of varying ability. Well done Lyndon. Nice stack by JD.


Thanks Wayne, that's what happens when you move your back foot out of the strap and place it so far across the board that you completely miss the board! #notrecommended!

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
18 Oct 2020 12:35AM
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Meeting 1030am Sunday 18th Saratoga sail club.

windsufering
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18 Oct 2020 5:33PM
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Meeting 1030am Sunday 18th Saratoga sail club.


Is about the stalker

windsufering
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18 Oct 2020 5:33PM
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Meeting 1030am Sunday 18th Saratoga sail club.


Is about the stalker

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
22 Oct 2020 4:02PM
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.be



Last Sunday a great turn up of advancing windsurfers.
Everyone doing well, the wind building steadily throughout the day.

Threatening rain clouds later during the racing, but no rain until we were all home.

Remarkably the big start boat broke down and was stuck. I think I achieved legend status in the club when I towed the start boat home with my windsurfer. About a 800 m reach, slightly down wind.

The boat was really heavy at first, but with a constant firm pull it moved nicely. Lots of inertia with only moderate drag.

Special thanks to Pete for helping despite having an injury.

AUS817
NSW, 370 posts
22 Oct 2020 6:15PM
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Last Sunday a great turn up of advancing windsurfers.
Everyone doing well, the wind building steadily throughout the day.

Threatening rain clouds later during the racing, but no rain until we were all home.

Remarkably the big start boat broke down and was stuck. I think I achieved legend status in the club when I towed the start boat home with my windsurfer. About a 800 m reach, slightly down wind.

The boat was really heavy at first, but with a constant firm pull it moved nicely. Lots of inertia with only moderate drag.

Special thanks to Pete for helping despite having an injury.



You certainly made a mention at last nights Saratoga Sailing Club Committee meeting for rescuing the start boat. A great effort which impressed everyone! Well don't Lyndon!

Great video too. ??

WaynoB
NSW, 379 posts
24 Oct 2020 9:49AM
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Great video Lyndon as per usual, plus you rescued the rescue boat. Hooray. A Saratoga Legend.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
2 Nov 2020 8:50PM
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Congrats to Matt D.
41.09 knt 2 sec peak on Sunday at Budgie

Not even in his top 5 best times, but very impressive with the current lack of weed beds.

I had a nice time foiling on Sunday. My new reinforcement at the mast fuse junction on the slingshot foil has worked a treat. Much more stable ride, and hopefully solved the broken bolt issue. Just need to smooth it off now.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
6 Nov 2020 10:06PM
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Results of increased stability from the improved mast fuse joint.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
7 Nov 2020 8:04AM
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Meeting Today Saturday 7/11/20, around 1030 at Gosford Sailing club car park.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
10 Nov 2020 11:58AM
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Meeting Sunday 1030am Saratoga Sail club. Racing from 130. Advancing windsurfers 1030 to 130. Please let me know if you need gear.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
13 Nov 2020 10:48PM
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Some foil fails from interesting angles. Still thinking to get some submerged shots.

.be

AUS817
NSW, 370 posts
14 Nov 2020 2:40AM
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Some foil fails from interesting angles. Still thinking to get some submerged shots.

.be


Hi Lyndon,
Interesting to watch these angles, it's a good way to see what you're doing right or wrong. Can I suggest you have a look at your foot placement from 1:08 through to 1:18. I would suggest your back foot (left foot in this case) movement is nowhere near aggressive enough and should have been right the way across the other side of the board, at least across the opposite side of the centre line at the very least (also not as far back).
Where your foot placement is in the video, you will never be able to keep the angle on the board to complete the turn as both your feet are on the wrong side of the board to complete the transition. Also the as your back foot is so far back, any weight you place on it launches the board upward, you can see this happen in the video, and then the board stalls and it falls back to the water surface.

Try moving your back foot right across the board and slightly forward in one movement (your toes just behind the front footstap on the far side). When you you come out of the completed gybe, your back foot from the previous tack becomes your front foot on the new tack, so you want it pretty close to the front footstrap as far as fore/aft positioning goes. Then when you move your other foot to the new back position, your front foot is already in place. It should simplify your foot movements and give you a much better chance of completing more gybes.

Flying gybes certainly aren't easy, and expect a few more swims, but hopefully my advice helps.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
14 Nov 2020 7:27AM
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AUS817 said..

Heavy1 said..
Some foil fails from interesting angles. Still thinking to get some submerged shots.

.be



Hi Lyndon,
Interesting to watch these angles, it's a good way to see what you're doing right or wrong. Can I suggest you have a look at your foot placement from 1:08 through to 1:18. I would suggest your back foot (left foot in this case) movement is nowhere near aggressive enough and should have been right the way across the other side of the board, at least across the opposite side of the centre line at the very least (also not as far back).
Where your foot placement is in the video, you will never be able to keep the angle on the board to complete the turn as both your feet are on the wrong side of the board to complete the transition. Also the as your back foot is so far back, any weight you place on it launches the board upward, you can see this happen in the video, and then the board stalls and it falls back to the water surface.

Try moving your back foot right across the board and slightly forward in one movement (your toes just behind the front footstap on the far side). When you you come out of the completed gybe, your back foot from the previous tack becomes your front foot on the new tack, so you want it pretty close to the front footstrap as far as fore/aft positioning goes. Then when you move your other foot to the new back position, your front foot is already in place. It should simplify your foot movements and give you a much better chance of completing more gybes.

Flying gybes certainly aren't easy, and expect a few more swims, but hopefully my advice helps.


Yeh I can see that. You are spot on. I will try that adjustment. Thanks

AUS 814
NSW, 422 posts
14 Nov 2020 9:29AM
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guy explains it well, esp the bit about not getting back winded and pushing the rig forward( not that I can do any of it )

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
18 Nov 2020 6:03PM
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Another day at Saratoga Sailing club, with first timers, advancing windsurfers, racers and foilers. Some people even driving up from the Northern Suburbs. All welcome, absolute beginners, people returning after 20 years, and old hands. Let us know you are coming so we can supply you with some kit. Also the club hosts an amazing mixed fleet, and we can race with them, or take up our beginners challenge.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
20 Nov 2020 5:34PM
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Got the old formula board out, with an 11m, not expecting the wind to build as much as it did. I expected 12 to 15, but it was gusting up to 21 and choppy. Was nice to feel the big power again, but I reflect that on a foil with a 6m I would have been having relaxed versatile fun. I guess overpowered on a foil is no fun, but it feels like there is more comfortable range. I have to try it again with the right wind. It is good to remind myself to be committed to the power on the formula. Foil really forgives feathering, formula does not.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
29 Nov 2020 9:27PM
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We have been having an ongoing debate, Should an advancing windsurfer stick with a 90s style 250 liter race board because it tracks well, glides and goes upwind well, or is it better to go to a wide board with far fewer falls, but terrible tracking , and no ability to regain much ground upwind. Well I think I have a 3rd option. The original Gemini has a center track for one up sailing, its super stable at 100cm wide, but long parallel rails and its length means it does glide and go upwind, reasonably well. Perhaps the perfect board for the advancing windsurfer on the high side of 100kg. Have to admit the windsurfer LT is very suitable for sub 100kg windsurfers starting out. but over 100kg it gets quite tippy.

So this video demonstrates the Gemini and also some foiling and sup surfing with the GO Pro Max 360.

The weird shell and pipes on my back are home made mounting points. The max 360 makes the actual pole vanish. Neat hey.

The editing of the 360 video is quite tricky and needs to be first put through Go-pro Player. Think I've got it sussed now.


.be

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
29 Nov 2020 9:42PM
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Heavy1 said..
We have been having an ongoing debate, Should an advancing windsurfer stick with a 90s style 250 liter race board because it tracks well, glides and goes upwind well, or is it better to go to a wide board with far fewer falls, but terrible tracking , and no ability to regain much ground upwind. Well I think I have a 3rd option. The original Gemini has a center track for one up sailing, its super stable at 100cm wide, but long parallel rails and its length means it does glide and go upwind, reasonably well. Perhaps the perfect board for the advancing windsurfer on the high side of 100kg. Have to admit the windsurfer LT is very suitable for sub 100kg windsurfers starting out. but over 100kg it gets quite tippy.

So this video demonstrates the Gemini and also some foiling and sup surfing with the GO Pro Max 360.

The weird shell and pipes on my back are home made mounting points. The max 360 makes the actual pole vanish. Neat hey.

The editing of the 360 video is quite tricky and needs to be first put through Go-pro Player. Think I've got it sussed now.


.be


Ha , I just noticed I was foiling wearing a straw hat. Now that's low wind windsurfing / wind-foiling. I'm 130kg and I was on foil in 8knots or less as long as a could find a little 10 knot gust, just a few cats paws. Thats the Slingshot infinity 99! Its only slightly slower than the 84, but for me much much quicker onto the foil.

Heavy1
NSW, 284 posts
30 Nov 2020 4:52PM
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No I'm not going to try it . Would have to reinforce all the mast fuse joins , but what do you think would happen? 2 gears first and second.



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