A very big thank you to Ralph Cromarty and Reuben Venter for hosting an excellent event. Sixteen entry's made up of 6 WP , 7 KZN and 3 inland sailors. We started at the "sailing point" with a 4 minute countdown and rolling start.
Ralph and Reuben setp up a 1.5 km figure 8 course. Reuben hired a fold up rubber duck with a turbo 5 HP engine which laid our course and rescued me when I broke my boom.
Jordy and Lesley were our race officers and they did a fantastic job? Jordy who is from the UK had an awesome experience and kindly edited the below video for us.
Some of the sailors camped at the sailing point yet most of us lodged at the Windmill Lodge and Little Switzerland Hotel.
Death and Rebirth of an X9.
My beloved old x9 simply cracked in half breaking in front and as I was hooked in, it twisted and broke clean off at the back as well. Made up some carbon tubes, perma bonded them inside the existing tubes and then smothered the break with many layers of carbon.
Found this awesome factory that produces foam and one of their products makes a perfect boom grip. 2mm SVA from Sondor Foams http://www.sondor.co.za/. Got a roll for R100 which is enough to cover 10 booms. Anyhow all looks good yet we are yet to see if it holds together in a 25 Knot South Easter.
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STERKFONTEIN SUPER SLALOM CHALLENGE
21-24 Sep 2013
It is Green for Go - with over 20 sailors already confirmed
The WSA Sterkfontein Slalom Championship is a battle to crown the Sterkies Slalom champ and the Super Slalom team of 2013. All individual points will contribute towards your team’s success.
Slalom disciplines and Team events which will include relay, handicap and drinking races.
Teams will be made up in accordance to your appearance, accent, intelligence or current address.
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Wow, adjusting to a 81cm wide board has taken some time. Gybing felt more like doing the splits than turning the corner. Anyhow a few hundred attempts and swearwords and I seem to be getting it sort of right. looking forward to this years WSA slalom season with a big floater under my feet as I couldn't stand another season of Pete passing me on a Gybe mark.