After several months of careful planning (we emailed each twice about it), we managed to meet up in Lymington to try and get back out on Pork Chop as last time round the Captain had unfortunately broken him by concentrating his vast bulk through the small are of his knee which resulted in the sort of concentrated force previously only wielded by The Avengers being focused on trampoline which of course immediately gave up against the relentless assault.
After only approx 8 hours of hand stitching, the trampoline looked utterly rubbish but appeared strong enough to cope. It had after all dealt fine with me and Lesley on a few fairly hard trips so here’s hoping our needlecraft is up to dealign with The Crap.
What was meant to have been a lovely day with moderate wind was now not looking so great. The wind was well over 20 knots gusting 25 in the morning but we went down to the dinghy park anyway and did some practice drills as the Captain had not been out on Pork Chop before. The tramp took everything he could give it – well gently pressing into it resulted in some creaks and groans but it was holding together. Those might have been my bones and muscles of course.
The extra couple of pounds Captain had managed to stack on since the previous attempt were apparently all “in a quest to give us the biggest righting moment possible as part of the overall safety process” and were nothing to do with him being a hopeless greedy bastard who can’t control his eating. He can of course control his exercising very well, showing some evidence of a steely (not lardy) inner core.
But alas no.
Fitness down, weight up. Fiasco beckoning.
It would be interesting to see the difference in handling (or indeed if we would just sink) as he is about 50kg+ heavier than my usual more familiar and erstwhile crew Lesley.
So, clipping on the harness a few times, rolling across the trampoline like a deranged and floundering Starsky (or Hutch – I forget which) we appeared to have covered all potential issues and our over confidence hit new highs.
The wind then appeared to lessen a little as we finished our “safety briefing” over a pint in the bar so we went and collected our gear and headed down to the ramp as soon as we could.
It appeared to be quite a gentle breeze sheltered at the bottom of the ramp and we had our usual farce of reversing out into the river as we don’t have enough space to turn when the wind is coming down the ramp.
We both need to be close to the front beam to keep the stern out of the water while the wind blows us gently out and we paddle to keep us straight.
Anyway, let the video run and see what hopeless clods we were.
A rip-roaring success by anyone’s standards.
Well ours at least!
You can see here our GPS record from our SpeedPuck which is fantastic piece of kit:
5 bests’ average = 30.31km/h [16.37Knots]
Best Speed n°1 = 30.53km/h [16.49Knots] (8.5 meters in 1.0 sec.)
Best Speed n°2 = 30.43km/h [16.43Knots] (8.5 meters in 1.0 sec.)
Best Speed n°3 = 30.4km/h [16.42Knots] (8.4 meters in 1.0 sec.)
Best Speed n°4 = 30.13km/h [16.27Knots] (8.4 meters in 1.0 sec.)
Best Speed n°5 = 30.05km/h [16.23Knots] (8.3 meters in 1.0 sec.)
Best Speed n°6 = 29.91km/h [16.15Knots] (8.3 meters in 1.0 sec.)
Best Speed n°7 = 29.91km/h [16.15Knots] (8.3 meters in 1.0 sec.)
Best Speed n°8 = 29.9km/h [16.14Knots] (8.3 meters in 1.0 sec.)
Best Speed n°9 = 29.85km/h [16.12Knots] (8.3 meters in 1.0 sec.)
Best Speed n°10 = 29.81km/h [16.1Knots] (8.3 meters in 1.0 sec.)
5 best 50 meter (at least) average = 29.41km/h [15.88Knots]
50 meter run n°1 = 30.13km/h [16.27Knots] (50.2 m. in 6.0 s.)
50 meter run n°2 = 29.24km/h [15.79Knots] (56.9 m. in 7.0 s.)
50 meter run n°3 = 29.24km/h [15.79Knots] (56.9 m. in 7.0 s.)
50 meter run n°4 = 29.24km/h [15.79Knots] (56.9 m. in 7.0 s.)
50 meter run n°5 = 29.22km/h [15.78Knots] (56.8 m. in 7.0 s.)
5 best 100 meter (at least) average = 28.68km/h [15.49Knots]
100 meter run n°1 = 29.65km/h [16.01Knots] (107.1 m. in 13.0 s.)
100 meter run n°2 = 29.25km/h [15.8Knots] (105.6 m. in 13.0 s.)
100 meter run n°3 = 28.63km/h [15.46Knots] (103.4 m. in 13.0 s.)
100 meter run n°4 = 28.07km/h [15.16Knots] (101.4 m. in 13.0 s.)
100 meter run n°5 = 27.8km/h [15.01Knots] (100.4 m. in 13.0 s.)
5 best 200 meter (at least) average = 27.96km/h [15.1Knots]
200 meter run n°1 = 28.89km/h [15.6Knots] (200.6 m. in 25.0 s.)
200 meter run n°2 = 28.3km/h [15.28Knots] (204.4 m. in 26.0 s.)
200 meter run n°3 = 28.05km/h [15.14Knots] (202.6 m. in 26.0 s.)
200 meter run n°4 = 27.48km/h [14.84Knots] (206.1 m. in 27.0 s.)
200 meter run n°5 = 27.09km/h [14.63Knots] (203.2 m. in 27.0 s.)
5 best 250 meter (at least) average = 27.5km/h [14.85Knots]
250 meter run n°1 = 28.59km/h [15.44Knots] (254.2 m. in 32.0 s.)
250 meter run n°2 = 27.77km/h [14.99Knots] (254.6 m. in 33.0 s.)
250 meter run n°3 = 27.37km/h [14.78Knots] (250.9 m. in 33.0 s.)
250 meter run n°4 = 26.98km/h [14.57Knots] (254.8 m. in 34.0 s.)
250 meter run n°5 = 26.79km/h [14.47Knots] (253.0 m. in 34.0 s.)
5 best 500 meter (at least) average = 23.75km/h [12.83Knots]
500 meter run n°1 = 27.31km/h [14.75Knots] (500.7 m. in 66.0 s.)
500 meter run n°2 = 23.15km/h [12.5Knots] (501.7 m. in 78.0 s.)
500 meter run n°3 = 23.05km/h [12.45Knots] (505.8 m. in 79.0 s.)
500 meter run n°4 = 22.71km/h [12.26Knots] (504.6 m. in 80.0 s.)
500 meter run n°5 = 22.54km/h [12.17Knots] (501.0 m. in 80.0 s.)
5 best 1000 meter (at least) average = 22.65km/h [12.23Knots]
1000 meter run n°1 = 26.4km/h [14.25Knots] (1,004.6 m. in 137.0 s.)
1000 meter run n°2 = 22.55km/h [12.18Knots] (1,002.4 m. in 160.0 s.)
1000 meter run n°3 = 21.7km/h [11.72Knots] (1,006.6 m. in 167.0 s.)
1000 meter run n°4 = 21.63km/h [11.68Knots] (1,003.3 m. in 167.0 s.)
1000 meter run n°5 = 20.99km/h [11.33Knots] (1,002.7 m. in 172.0 s.)
5 best 2 second (at least) average = 30.01km/h [16.21Knots]
2 second run n°1 = 30.29km/h [16.36Knots] (16.8 m. in 2.0 s.)
2 second run n°2 = 30.16km/h [16.28Knots] (16.8 m. in 2.0 s.)
2 second run n°3 = 29.93km/h [16.16Knots] (16.6 m. in 2.0 s.)
2 second run n°4 = 29.85km/h [16.12Knots] (16.6 m. in 2.0 s.)
2 second run n°5 = 29.83km/h [16.11Knots] (16.6 m. in 2.0 s.)
5 best 5 second (at least) average = 29.58km/h [15.97Knots]
5 second run n°1 = 30.17km/h [16.29Knots] (41.9 m. in 5.0 s.)
5 second run n°2 = 29.54km/h [15.95Knots] (41.0 m. in 5.0 s.)
5 second run n°3 = 29.47km/h [15.91Knots] (40.9 m. in 5.0 s.)
5 second run n°4 = 29.43km/h [15.89Knots] (40.9 m. in 5.0 s.)
5 second run n°5 = 29.28km/h [15.81Knots] (40.7 m. in 5.0 s.)
5 best 10 second (at least) average = 28.92km/h [15.61Knots]
10 second run n°1 = 29.75km/h [16.06Knots] (82.6 m. in 10.0 s.)
10 second run n°2 = 29.11km/h [15.72Knots] (80.9 m. in 10.0 s.)
10 second run n°3 = 28.92km/h [15.61Knots] (80.3 m. in 10.0 s.)
10 second run n°4 = 28.46km/h [15.37Knots] (79.1 m. in 10.0 s.)
10 second run n°5 = 28.35km/h [15.31Knots] (78.7 m. in 10.0 s.)
5 best 20 second (at least) average = 28.26km/h [15.26Knots]
20 second run n°1 = 29.16km/h [15.74Knots] (162.0 m. in 20.0 s.)
20 second run n°2 = 28.89km/h [15.6Knots] (160.5 m. in 20.0 s.)
20 second run n°3 = 28.37km/h [15.32Knots] (157.6 m. in 20.0 s.)
20 second run n°4 = 27.89km/h [15.06Knots] (154.9 m. in 20.0 s.)
20 second run n°5 = 26.98km/h [14.57Knots] (149.9 m. in 20.0 s.)
5 best 60 second (at least) average = 25.46km/h [13.75Knots]
60 second run n°1 = 27.44km/h [14.81Knots] (457.3 m. in 60.0 s.)
60 second run n°2 = 25.53km/h [13.78Knots] (425.5 m. in 60.0 s.)
60 second run n°3 = 25.1km/h [13.55Knots] (418.3 m. in 60.0 s.)
60 second run n°4 = 25.09km/h [13.55Knots] (418.2 m. in 60.0 s.)
60 second run n°5 = 24.17km/h [13.05Knots] (402.9 m. in 60.0 s.)
So considering how powered down we were the whole time that is not bad.
I’ve also posted the track to www.raceqs.com and it can be seen here.