|Sat 21 April - Allonby - Ross
Steve and Matt arrived at Allonby a half hour or so after me and were met with the same glorious sight of a spring low tide already starting to rush in and whitecaps to the horizon. It’s amazing that on the drive over, there was barely a flutter of a leaf until the beach was almost in view.
It was classic Allonby again although the sea state and the shore break were tamer than normal due to the amount of south in the wind direction. Ramps galore on the outside meant that even yours truly was getting some air although we all paled into insignificance at the sight of the Allonby locals including one guy (Adrian) who was looping and sailing with the sail the wrong way round half the time. It was very impressive to watch.
Boydy rigged 5.3, Matt 5.7 and me 4.7. Remarkably all three sails were the right size although Matt suffered a little with excess power in the sail in the latter part of the session, and in the first hour I was a tad underpowered.
The wind, as I allude to, built from a top end F4 at the start, through to a good F6 when we left the water some time after 3pm. As I’ve said before, the novelty of sailing at Allonby is the steadiness of the wind – it seems to have none of the gusts that we get on the east coast. Sure, it varies but it appears to gradually build and fall in a smooth, predictable way.
It was the first good workout I’d had in a while so I was shot but happy after three and a half hours, and Matt was spent as well although it was his bleeding hands that bore the brunt of what was a very physical session.
By contrast the only damage that Boydy sustained was to his smiling muscles, as he grinned like a Cheshire cat throughout, having had a superb sailing session. I suspect that he will fall asleep in front of the telly tonight though. . .
Once again Allonby came up with the goods and made the total of four hours driving well worth it.
Addendum 1 (Boydy)
ross, you forgot to mention that the sun shone all day and the temp in the very steady cross onshore wind in the car park right on the beach was 16 degrees centigrade. best sailing conditions this year yet. will be making more trips for conditions like that, well powered up comfortable full on footstrap/harness planing 95% of the time, but i do not want to rub it in as that is not my style.
Addendum 2 (Matt)
Boydy did alittle shimmy and caugt me out, changing from a proposed 6.2 to 5.3 whilst I was not looking. Hence i was convinced I shouldn't be overowered when on my 5.7, continually downhauling to give the sail some control. Was only when I got back in that I discovered the truth, it was a 5.3. Torn hands emerged but a sense of belief in my own sailing ability returned as I found out, all credit to the Severne sail, it is an impressive animal.
Addendum 3 (Boydy again)
I some how knew i would get the blame for that matt. as almost everyone else was sailing on 5.4m to 4.7m did not set any alarm bells ringing? . I know your way of thinking matt as we are usually on a similar sail size i bet you thought if boydy can hold onto a 6.2m then theyr is no way i am changing down from 5.7m to 5.0m, what will people think! as it happens they were all wondering why you had not changed down as it was the biggest sail on the water, it looked like the QE2 surrounded by rowing boats! still we all had a good sail. Still we all had an excellent short board small(and big sail!) sail day (as you most always get at Allonby) no need to say anymore. the emoticons can do that for me!