Monday we’ve had the strongest wind in a while at Strand Horst. With 30-42 kts of wind everyone rigged 5,5m sails and 44-50cm speedboards. I was on my 5,5m KA Race/HTS SR 49/21cm C3 Slingshot again which is a combination I feel very comfortable on.
I believe everyone was expecting an epic session, but instead of superhigh speeds we witnessed alot of spinouts, crashes and some broken gear as everyone had to deal with quite some chop.
As I realized it was going to be a tough session I tested some gear to find
the best combination for the difficult conditions. At first I took a 44cm wide Speedboard, which was to small to handle the chop, at least for me. Then I used my favorite board, the HTS SR 49 with a C3 21cm slingshot. On this board I did my best runs of ~36 knots with topspeeds of ~ 37 knots. Last but not least I tested an older speedboard, a Thommen T1 SR 50, so quite
similar board but with a very interesting tail. I did not expect to much of this board because the fin position is a lot further behind the footstraps compared to modern speed/slalomboards. Surprisingly the board felt quite good and went through the chop
quite comfortably at speeds of <35 knots with a 24cm MUF speedfin. Sailwise I used both a 2012 GA Vapor 5,4 and a 2014 KA-Race 5,5. Both sails were performing really well, with the KA having more power and the GA having the better cam-rotation.
Getting more comfortable I took higher risks in the chop, which ended with me getting spinout and crashing at 33 and 36 knots. After crashing at 36knots I felt quite dizzy and called it a day as my gear was luckily still all in one piece 🙂 Now I’m hoping for similar wind with flatter water next time to improve my PB a bit, still chasing that 40 knots at Strand Horst. This time I ended up doing my 2nd fastest session at Strand Horst and my 4th fastest session overall with 35,79 knots 5×10 sec average.