Monday, September 28, 2009

Craig Spottiswodd's Report Of His Amazing Achievement At Sandy Point

Managed to get Craig Spottiswood’s report below from and his speeds recorded. Once again a windsurfer using an off the shelf KA Koncept and Carbon Art SP40 and KA Assymetric Speed Fin has shown everyone the amazing speeds you can achieve with these awesome sails.

Average 5 x 10 second - 47.75 Knots (88,44 kmh ( 90,83 90,66 87,62 87,38 85,72 )

Max. GPS (display) - 50.01 Knots (92,62 kmh)

Max. 2 sec. (software) – 49.87 Knots (92,36 kmh)

100 m run – 49.58 Knots (91,83 kmh)

250 m run – 49.50 Knots (91,68 kmh)

500 m run – 49.25 Knots (90,21 kmh)

Sorry about the delay, YEEEEE!!!HAAAARRRRR!!!! You Beauty!!! just been letting the good vibes settle in, still coming to grips with it all, the result was most unexpected for me. We have all been waiting for a day like this at Sandy Pt for sometime, with the past heavy rainfall and sizeable swell running in Bass Strait I did not think the tide would go far enough out. I thought that it was only going to be a survival day with maybe a 43 average. The tide in the end just went far enough out to set up what seemed a wider than usual rideable course down the bank. No special suits, man made trenches or vehicles to get you backup the course, just a hard endurance battle to start, finish and walk back in the constant 40-50 knot sandstorm with the lead weight on your back, the actual runs were awesome!!.

4 hours 6 runs…Run 1 with camera onboard peaked at 45 with a 10 sec around 43, it was pretty unsettled. Sailing back did not seem a good option, with all runs requiring a long slog thru the soft sand to the first dune then sail the last bit to the start. This was so exhausting, you had to wait some time before you had enough energy to do another run making it hard to get lots of runs in before the tide changed. Run 2 data 47.86 max , 47.1810sec , PB and now quite excited, with the course also improving with deeper longer runs. Run 3 data 49.996 max , 49.046 10sec, 47.183 500m seemed more controlled with 50.01 on the GT31 display making my jaw drop and fist punch the air, followed with congratulations with Adrian B and Tony W on the long walkback. Run 4 data 49.724 max, 48.952 10sec, 48.709 500m was also controlled just the slow down were getting really wild as the tide came in. Really stoked about the 500!!! Run 5 data 48.693 max, 47.312 10sec, 45.694 500m. The tide now starting to have more effect, and I was getting really exhausted but new there was still a worthwhile run better than the first to cement the 5x10. Run 6 data 47.197 max, 46.285 10sec, 44.723 500m. Chris L and myself left on the course, made my last run as he came back, another long walk followed this time all the way to the BBQ, thanks for moving the car Rupert. Best 5runs were all done with a broken battern at the bottom camber, it broke on the first run due to me adding more tension beforehand. All in all to be honest the runs were ridiculously smooth and constant and left me feeling I could of had aslightly bigger sail or a little bit more wind. I know this sounds stupid but it was so GOOD!. Left us with the impression the 49 5x10, 500 is achievablewith same conditions, and maybe better with a lower tide. AMAC and Chris thesail, fin and board did not flinch at all on the big runs, absolutely awesome result on stock, off the shelf gear, hats off to you both!.Totally stoked there were so many crew there to witness, and to give it a go in such conditions. Pleased to see Tonster, Daffy, Ado others get PB’s, great effort considering the size/weight for some of you guys. Thanks also to Mick and Jodi for capturing the moment whilst we took on the wind and sand.
Cheers Spotty

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