NK Speed 2009, evaluation
After another hour waiting I managed a 61kmh run and 2x 58kmh runs, but it was soooooo hard to keep speed. I had to sail on 99% to even get up to 50kmh... I was against spin-out, the board-vin-sail combo was to small to get acceleration in these low conditions. I actually thought to hear the fin struggling to get enough grip. The sail was also not capable to deliver enough drive, at least not enough drive and planning capacity.
In these low-wind conditions the power on fin is HUGE for the given speed. With a wider board and 34cm fin I think there would have been no problem at all. But sadly I decided to sell my Falcon 91 to get some money, the falcon 91 would have been soooooo fast. Now I had to do the trick on the Falcon 79 + Rs:slalom 6.2 which is the smallest combo of the day? I only saw 2 lighter guys on the sameboard size with a smaller sail, but my real rivals were all on 7.0 or 7.8 m2.
Conclusion: I am really happy with this performance (top 10 !?!), actually I think I did the best possible for me in those conditions with my gear. Next year I will get a 7.0 and 90 liter board to handle these conditions, this would be at least more comfortable.
I am dissapointed the fastest surfers were onshore during the 1 and only gust. Otherwise the race would have been official for sure!!!! I know with bigger gear I could have added at least 3kmh average, and the best surfers could add about 2kmh on top of my best performance ==> 60.4+3+2= at least 65.4kmh average would have been possible.
Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.
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