Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Year, new speed strip

Well finally got out on the water this year. Even though most of Dublin is under a lot of snow, up around Skerries it was warmer and hardly a snowflake in sight (shame really).

I had hopes to get down to Burrow beach for the NE winds in the morning, but the tide was still too high, and the wind quickly turned Easterly, which is useless in Burrow.

So I went down to check out Rush beach, which has good cross-on port-tack wavesailing in an Easterly wind. Wasn't that windy, probably 5.0m weather, but no-one else around as they were stuck in snow. Looking down the beach though, I thought the river in Rogerstown looked like it could have a good direction for speed, so went to check it out.

The wind angle looked well worth a try, so hit the water with 6.2 and JP speed board and got a few runs in, think about 10 in total. It was very broad (in fact ideal), but a bit underpowered once the board got wound up to speed, and had to tack 2 or 3 times to get back up course after every run.

Glad I went out though, got a peak just over 40 knots, a nice start to the year.
Roll on the gales on Tuesday.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Hailstones anyone?

In case you hadn't heard.. it's been snowing in Ireland a LOT lately !
No sailing so far this year... I missed a good day on Wednesday... as I got stuck in a snowstorm coming out of the city.. and took ages to get home with the bad traffic.

This shot is of the sunset today in Skerries, lighting up the Mountains of Mourne way in the distance to the North.. looking somewhat Alpine.

Here's a funny video clip from a session we had on New Year's Eve, sailing right outside my house in Skerries. Wind was NE cross-on port tack, and quite a high tide. It was about 4 degrees, and actually good fun most of the time. As you will see in the video though... this hail shower went over, which was bloody painful on the face! I have a load of footage, but had to post this bit up as it's good for comic effect ! I swear I was having fun !

Hailstones on New Year's Eve from Surfdock Watersports on Vimeo.

A still shot from the same day.

Bit of a jump in Rush the day before.. fully maxed on 4.0, felt totally out of control. It was pretty mental, blowing 40-50knots. Wish I had my 3.5m... but it's still not turned up. Probably get it in July.
And a couple of shots of Low Rock (thanks to Ryan's Mum) from the day before that.
4.0m nicely powered, and warm too at about 5 or 6 degrees :-)

Pastrana New Year's Jump

I might try this in my van later on. Maybe I could jump over SurfDock?