A Rare Bird

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A rare session for winter

Its rare for us to catch a 15-20 knot south-easterly session in winter - this week we got three. It has been quite a while since I was last out, so it took a good half hour to get my rig tuned - the boom height and harness lines were all messed up. But once I had dialled in - what a day! Flat water, blue skys, warm sunshine, blasting up and down Elliot Heads channel with my mates.

Rare winter session with GPS tracks on satellite map

Gavin and I were out on the water early. The rest of the crew showed up in drips and drabs throughout the day. Alan watched on with envy - he is on injury bench for at least another month.

Gavin, Alan and dog

Gavin, Alan and dog

Gavin, Royce and I spent a lot of the time chasing each other up and down the channel. When the wind died, Gavin and I had a go at practising Helli-tacks - but as soon as we took our harnesses off, the wind picked up, so we dropped our rigs and bolted for the beach to get our gear on for the next squall. It was on of those on-again/off-again days with big surges and lots of gusts - but that is the winter wind around here.

Gavin patting dog

Gavin patting dog

Posted by Henry Thomas, 6 years ago on Friday, July 1, 2011

2 comments:

Mat Watkins said...

That Looks like it was not only a very much needed session but a great one at that good on you guys, missed it all with work commitments but I had a great day with the kids friday ice skating. Thanks for the footage.

Posted 6 years ago on Sunday, July 3, 2011

Henry Thomas said...

My pleasure Mat. It is always a struggle striking the right balance between time on water, work and family. My goal is at least one session a week. Trying to pick which day to go out in winter though is the real battle.

Posted 6 years ago on Friday, July 22, 2011

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