Friday, November 28, 2008

BIG CONTROVERSY AS 50 KNOT + KITE RECORD THROWN OUT


Weeeeeeeeeelllll. This is going to be quite a big issue I think. The world speed record which was broken by a kiter in Namibia a short while ago has just been thrown out by the ISAF cos it says a kite is not a sail. A sail has to be driven by the wind - upright! Hmmm............I don't agree with that at all. If they did not consider a kite a sail why didn't they make this clear in the first place??
This is what was on Boardseeker Magazine on the matter:
''Well the speed world is all over the place at the moment with the news that the kiting record of 50.57 by Alexandre Caizergues and the ground breaking 50+kt run of Sebastien Cattelan DO NOT count for the official sailing speed records. In an ISAF meeting it was decided that kite powered craft could not be recognised as the holder of the World Sailing Speed record.Now we windsurfers dont always see eye to eye with the kiters, but credit where credit is due, they broke the 50kts, and however you look at things they are powered solely by the wind. To add further to the controversy, it seems nobody can really explain why. The ISAF say a kite is not a sail. However their definition of a sail is:A sail is any type of surface intended to generate thrust by being placed in a wind—in essence a vertically-oriented wing. Back in the 70's Jacobs ladder made numerous attempts at the record using a stack of flexifoils attached to a boat and it was considered one of the great innovations of the speed sailing world. Now 30 years later it seems kites are sails?So now the race is still on to break the 50 kts. Antoine, Finian, Bjorn and Whitey can all strap up their speed boards again and get back out on the course. Not sure how victorious they will feel however.''
It will be interesting to see what uproar there will be about this!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

NICE AFTERNOON ON THE WATER

JUST GOT BACK FROM AN ENJOYABLE AFTERNOON ON THE WATER. CONDITIONS WERE VERY UP AND DOWN BUT IT WAS GREAT TO BE SAILING FROM THE SANDY BEACH AGAIN. WIND WAS SOUTH EAST AND USED THE FANATIC SKATE 99l AND TUSHINGHAM 5.5M.
IT HAS BEEN SAILABLE FOR 4 DAYS OUT OF THE PAST 6 WHICH IS PRETTY GOOD GOING.

NOT MUCH TO REPORT BUT FEELING VERY PLEASANTLY TIRED!

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IF INTERESTED CONTACT ME THRU MY BLOG OR THRU www.gozofarmhouserentals.com AND I WILL GET BACK TO YOU WITH THEIR EMAILS. OR IF YOU HAVE THEIR EMAIL OR TEL. NOS. CONTACT THEM DIRECTLY.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

NICE AFTERNOON SAILING YESTERDAY

Photo by Chris Spiteri

Yesterday had a really nice sail in the bay. Wind was very South West so had a few patches but was some nice blasting. Used my Mistral Pro 86L and 5m Tushingham Rock. Tommy had his GPS going and we all did a stint with it which really showed me how tough these guys who go for the speed record must be. I enjoyed using the GPS cos it kind of gave you a goal and so you kept pushing and pushing. Ofcourse none of us have proper speed gear but its a fun thing to do. Speeds were not phenomenal and mine was the slowest ofcourse (ha ha!) at 24.8knots. My aim is to hit the 30knot mark...............we'll see how long that takes!

You have to sail totally on the edge of being catapulted and on a broad broad reach and you just know when you have done that slightly faster speed, you can really feel it. Most of the bay was very choppy but there was a nice flat area in the last gust before the slipway and that is where I could feel my fastest speeds. I am full of admiration for these guys who try to break the record. They must be soooooooooo tough. I have watched them in Fuerte in extremely difficult conditions sailing way overpowered etc etc and they are out there for a couple of hours at a time full out. How do they do it? Especially the women. Well I have a long way to go to get anywhere near the fastest women in the world cos their speeds are like double what I got yesterday................................yeah in my dreams! Maybe I could one day try and be something like the fastest OLDEST woman on the water! Now that's a thought.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Very Windy Weekend
















Above are some pics I took (didn't take many this weekend) this weekend. Saturday really really windy - way over with 4m and could not manage more than a few runs. Today wind changed direction a bit so became very gusty fluky - rigged a 4m again but bad decision............say no more! Why is it that photos never show how windy it actually was?? A few guys seem to have got the 'camera bug' and Darius came out with his helmet contraption to attach his Olympus camera too. It was quite impressive! Pic above shows him coming in with his helmet camera.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Attaching my ProHero Camera to my Boom

Strapped the wrist strap to the front end of boom as tight as I could






Cut around an 8" strip of velcro which I threaded thru the strap attachment bars. I had to cut the velcro to adjust the width to fit snuggly in the top strap bar







Tightly attached the velcro strap on the velcro on boom to keep camera secure











Pro Hero have just come out with a new wide angle version of the camera specially adapted for surfing. You can even get a boom attachment besides the helmet attachment that goes with it. My camera is the basic camera that comes with a wrist strap. So when it comes to windsurfing I have had to improvise quite a bit and it is usually a last minute job before going out on the water. I can actually send off to buy the boom attachment but I thin that my system will work well when I try it this weekend. Today I decided to look ahead and organise the camera properly. What I came up with is the above and I think it should work well. Before going down I will just need to adjust the camera to make sure it is angled in the right position. From previous use I have found that this is the best position on the boom and the video quality is excellent.


EXCELLENT FORECAST AHEAD

THE FORECAST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER. LOOKS LIKE WE ARE GOING TO GET A NICE FORCE 5 WESTERLY TOMORROW AFTERNOON. SATURDAY IS GOING TO BE THE WINDIEST WITH A 30 KNOT AVERAGE DURING THE DAY GOING UP TO 40KNOTS AT NIGHT. SUNDAY ITS TURNING MORE NORTHERLY AND WIND GOING DOWN TO AROUND 20 KNOTS. THEN NEXT WEEK SEEMS TO BE BRINGING IN SOME SOUTH WESTERLIES AVERAGING AROUND 22 KNOTS. HOPEFULLY THIS WEEK WE CAN MAKE UP FOR SOME LOST TIME ON THE WATER.

Monday, November 17, 2008

TOO MUCH WIND ON THE WAY!

Satellite pic taken off Windfinder


Well as I always say here in Malta - we either get too little wind or too much wind. The fun stuff in the middle we don't seem to see very much of! After no decent wind for the past 6 weeks, or something like that, the forecast for the weekend is gale force winds. Windfinder right now is giving a steady 32 to 35 knots for Saturday while Weather Underground is giving 44 knots! Direction WNW. There will massive shore break at Ghallis so if I brave the conditions it will have to be in the safety of the bay here in Mellieha which means no waves but very choppy and bone rattling conditions and probably very gusty too. Unless it looks like there will be lots of fun I may just become official photographer. Having said all that Friday may give us a decent sail in the afternoon. Still early in the week so conditions are bound to change a bit. But fingers crossed to at least get a couple of hours of fun sailing in.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

This Weekend in Gozo

Clay hill between Zebbug and Ghasri - Gozo



Back side of Zebbug cemetary




Gholla l-Bajda, Xwejni Bay - Gozo






Outside Xwejni Bay - Gozo





Boulders at Xwejni - Gozo








Yachts near Qbajjar in the Round Gozo race of the BMW Gozo Weekend. Notice the lack of wind with the flapping sails.





Above are some random shots I took in Gozo this weekend. We did a couple of nice walks. This weekend was the BMW Gozo Regatta. Conditions were not very nice with a distinct lack of wind and some squalls. The race back to Malta had a slightly steadier wind.








Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thunder Storms

Rainbow over L-Ahrax in Mellieha Bay



Stormy skies over Mellieha



We have had quite a stormy past couple of days with thunder storms and lots of rain.


Sun is out now and the sea got quite choppy from the north east last night but wind not willing still. It is quite frustrating when it is getting to be around 6 weeks in between each time you can get a decent windsurf in. When the wind comes you are feeling so ''out of it'' that it takes the whole session to get back to some normality - and the older you get the longer it takes! No comments on that last statement please!!


The coming week doesn't look like it is going to be any good. The kiters may get some time on the water but thats about it.



Monday, November 03, 2008

??

WIND? WHERE IS IT???????

WINDSURFING? WHAT IS IT????????

P'D OFF ????? YES!!!!!!!!!!!

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