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Old 26th March 2009, 08:05 AM   #1
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Default Allison crossing Bass Strait? Gear?

Check out the action on http://www.bassstraitchallenge.com/

Rumour has it she is crossing either today or tomorrow (Australian EST)

Any know what gear she will be using?

What would be long for a long distance sail like this?
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Old 26th March 2009, 09:15 AM   #2
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It is happening right now.

GPS tracking:
http://rushtrac.com/live/?a=event_map&e=310
http://www.bassstraitchallenge.com/

She is on a Starboard Formule One Design (162) a Starboard 9.5 m Formula One Design sail (Severne) and VMG Blades 66 cm Custom Fin.
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Old 26th March 2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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Check out Allison's sponsor page

Windsurfing Sposnors
Sponsor: VMG Blades
Nice work guys! : )


Very sad, NO support from the rest of the Windsurfing Industry.


AWESOME EFFORT ALLISON!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 26th March 2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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Good cause Allison.

good choice with the fins...kudos to the fin sponsor.

much better fin than overrated Debochiet fins, infact, i'm enjoying a new lease of life with the VMG formula fin. Much cheaper than Kashy with similar performance.

ps, i'm not VMG saleman, just stating facts, regretted alot on overhyped R20, wasted my money.
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Old 26th March 2009, 10:07 PM   #5
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How can we (Latin America people), have one of these VMG fins????


Saludos,
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Old 27th March 2009, 06:57 AM   #6
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I guess she ran out of wind. If I am reading it right her speed was 1km per hour with about 140 km to go. If she maintain that speed it would take 5 or so days to complete. So I assume she aborted the challenge for now. Pretty gusty stuff anyway.
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Actually, it was the opposite, 30- 35 knots for 9 hours
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Old 27th March 2009, 09:55 AM   #8
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You can read an artilce on www.carbonsugar.com
There is an email address for "VMGBlades" at the end of the article.

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Old 27th March 2009, 10:19 AM   #9
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26/06:00pm 15.8 WSW knots 43 gusts49 1018.6 - 0.2 - - - - - - -
measured at hogan island
so too much wind
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Old 29th March 2009, 12:15 PM   #10
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Default Bass Strait Challenge

Hi All,
Please find some footage from the Bass Strait Challenge here, http://play.viostream.com/?play=98E3...029_flvlow.flv.

Unfortunately I had to end the challenge at the 125km mark after 9 hours due to severe muscle cramps, the onset of hypothermia and with so much fatigue, not being able to pull my sail up out of the swell to continue.

The forecast for the day was 20kts from NW, swinging to 25-30 W for a few hours then moderating to 20kts SW in the afternoon with a 1-2m swell. What we got was 20-25kts NW then 30-35kts W-SW for 6 hours straight with swells peaking over 4m at times. With such conditions it was very difficult to pickup the 9.5m sail to continue and found myself in the middle of Bass Strait for 4 hours trying to uphaul, waterstart and do anything I could to continue, in the end fatigue and cramping overtook and we had to abandon the challenge with the knowledge that if I would have continued I would have arrived in Inverloch 1-2 hours after dark.

I did however get to share my lunch break with about 50 dolfins that decided to ride the waves around me, an albatros and two seals, what an amazing adventure. I hope to try again in the future!

Please see www.bassstraitchallenge.com for more info, videos and photos and www.aus911.com.

Allison
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