Petone Beach

(AKA Petone) Petone, Wellington, New Zealand

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Harbour Grovel/ Swim/ Uphaul/ Grovel some more

Petone Beach, Petone
Windsurfing: Racing
11.30 pm - 1 pm Sunday. March 21. 2010
my rating 2 star rating
Wind Direction: NE Wind Strength: grovel   using 6.1 - 6.5m sail. Swell Direction: N Swell Size: nonexistent Tide: Low - Rising.

Well, not sure who it was that irritated the wind gods, but it was blowing the day before, and its been nuking all day today. But at 11.30 yesterday, it was as still as the pope's heart.

Still, we were all there, and off we went. Well, some of us did, it was so light some guys didnt even get off the beach (specifically those with small boards).

I'd like to say it was a good time, but, really, standing on a board that isn't really moving for an hour and a half is... well, just not that fun.

After skooting all over the shop last year, i firmly resolved in my race plan to stick to a direct course, and my gps track (thanks to boogie for loaning me his gps), shows that's pretty much what I did. It was not a particularly winning strategy though, a couple of guys got past me in the last stretch because they tacked across the wind a bit, and even though they covered more ground, they were going faster.

I had a top speed of 16.9 knots, which surprised me, I would have said that I never got on the plane once, but it was just once...

I jumped into the water a couple of times just because I was so hot, and kind of bored. Then I had to uphaul, I've gotten out of the habit of that, bloody hard work uphauling a big sail.

Eventually I did make into the finish line, really tired from holding up the sail for that long (couldn't really hook in, it was too light). Glorious 16th position in 1hr 36. Oh well, at least I finished, I think most of my friends ended up getting rescued, or not getting off the beach.

Anyway, thanks to the organisers, it was very well run, and everyone who needed help seemed to get it.

2 thumbs up!

My gps track

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22.03.10 9.30 pm
soo super glad i did not enter...... best decision i have made in about 2 years.

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22.03.10 9.35 pm
yep, it was one to miss alright. Quite a contrast to the last couple of years when I've been practically blown off the water.

The wife and kids had a pleasant wait in the sun though.

And I got my picture in the paper, hahah

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22.03.10 10.57 pm
Sounds like a paddle would have been more effective!

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22.03.10 11.00 pm
Can you upload you KML file? should be able to save it out from Google Earth --> file --> save path as

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22.03.10 11.01 pm
looks like an old IMCO would have cleaned up!

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23.03.10 9.22 am
Craig: yep, a paddle would have been waaaay faster, and actually probably not that much more physically demanding.

Chris: thanks, that works, I will upload it.

I reckon formula kit would have been the business, could have been flying downwind on a 12m sail

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23.03.10 10.58 am
I like all the spikes.... where you fell off?

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23.03.10 12.08 pm
yeah, pretty much, it was a pretty hard balancing act. I also just jumped in a couple of times to cool off and break up the tedium a bit

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23.03.10 9.48 pm
What was the total distance you covered? that was a pretty straight route. great effort. def keen for another crack sometime soon.

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23.03.10 9.56 pm
according to the gps it was 9.9 km

It was my plan to go as direct as I could, but it's a pretty slow way of doing it.

I have just realised that I am away for the next couple of weekends, but I am keen for an informal HB after that

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