mangawhai heads

Wellsford, Northland, New Zealand

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Tanking down the length of the estuary

mangawhai heads, Wellsford
Windsurfing: Just Cruising
7 pm - 8 pm Saturday. December 10. 2011
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Wind Direction: E Wind Strength: powered   using 5.6 - 6.0m sail. Swell Direction: Swell Size: nonexistent Tide: High - Rising.

Was with family at the Mangawhai camp ground close to the mouth of the estuary when the wind really cranked. Since the kids were in bed, the tide was high and starting to slow I decided to have a bomb down the length of the estuary (perfect wind direction for a straight line run down its length). We were camped right on the water so launched straight from there (love it when you can do that!) and took off. The run down the estuary was pretty long, smooth and really scenic. Gybed around in perfectly flat shallow water at the other end. Repeated a good number of times. I was amazed out how many rays there were and some of them were bloody massive. Big dark shadows under your board are not good but do improve your gybing!. There was a bit of a gusty wind shadow in the middle from the larger sand dunes but otherwise the runs were non-stop and pretty fast. Quick de-rig on the grass and into the tent for a beer. The perfect end to the day..

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11.12.11 9.09 pm
perfection.

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12.12.11 6.58 am
Sounds like my kind of sailing. It's pretty shallow though right (even at high tide)? - did you find any sand bars while travelling 30kts?

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12.12.11 8.30 am
Hi Neill - Did you not know Mangawhai means “stream of the stingray" Great spot, had I known you were up I would have headed up for sail at the heads.

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12.12.11 9.16 am
Yeah, did find a shallow sand bank at speed....luckily no damage ;) @Travis - Didn't know the meaning of Mangawhai but that certainly makes sense given what I saw! I'll make sure I let you know next time for a sail up there (not that we're there regularly). Having another sailor about would have been good

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