October long weekend forecast **UPDATED **

Hey Crew,

** UPDATE SATURDAY LUNCHTIME **

The low pressure system that was meant to be leaving a slight southerly trend has moved further offshore and this is leaving us with a small temperature driven seabreeze starting to come into Sydney. I’m still dubious that it will amount to anything as looking up and down the coast we’ve got wind coming in from every direction! Keep an eye on it and you might be lucky :)

** END UPDATE **

The long weekend is so nearly upon us and I can’t wait to get out of the office and get into the water for a few days. There is quite a lot happening this weekend in terms of activity with groups of people heading to Old Bar for a kite mission and a few heading down to Jervis Bay. A few of us had a look into heading to Jervis for the weekend but it’s PACKED! Every rental house we looked at was booked out, must be something to do with school holiday, a long weekend and a billion sailors turning up in big grey tinnies!

Unfortunately looking at the charts for the weekend shows a slow southerly momentum to the wind that I’m sure the heat and attempted sea breeze will kill off. That huge slab of high pressure that is lurking over us is the problem and the low is just providing that slight southerly breeze. Down to Sunday-Monday you can see the front sliding through Sydney that should push some wind in but only for a short period, could be late Sunday arvo or Monday morning but sods law says it will be at night.

So what else is there to do? There are lots of big tinnies to look at in the harbour, a huge-mungous fireworks display on Saturday night, Silvan and Sarah’s leaving bash. Might be a good day to rent a stand-up and give that a go, fly model planes or crazy golf. Nat and I will probably head to North Head on Saturday night for the fireworks if anyone wants to catch up.

That’s about it, not the news we wanted but there isn’t anything we can do it about it so best to just keep busy or earn some partner-points to cash in on a windy one.

Have Fun..

Pete & Rob

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Windless :(. Time to check the gear for summer

Hi Guys,

A quick look at the forecasts for the weekend and it’s all looking a little depressing. Windless and waveless for the most part. This doesn’t however mean there is nothing to do. A few people have gone to the snow and there are some good parties happening at the weekend. At least Spring has broken in Sydney and the temperatures are looking on the correct side of 25c!

If you are starting to think about dusting off the old gear in preparation for a (fingers crossed) windy summer then it might be a good weekend to check your gear for wear and damage. Here is a little list of things you can check to avoid that first dash to the beach disappointment.

  • Pump that sucker up and check its not leaking. get it really hard just to make sure.
  • Go over all the bridals and check them for wear, slingshot REV’s wreck the bridal lines where the pullys run (P lines) and are always worth an extra look.
  • Check over the canopy for tears and rips. If you find a hole don’t panic, just get some repair tape from your kite shop and stick it up. (We’ll write up a repair post)
  • Get your bar out and run out the lines, check the lines, chicken loop rope, any cleats or stoppers for wear and damage and replace if needed.
  • Check you board out, check all the binding screws and fin screws are done up tight and nothing is damaged.
  • Have a good go over your harness, check the stitching of the webbing where it joins to the harness hidden behind the bling fabric. Some Mystics had a habit of breaking here.
  • If you haven’t used it in a while maybe check your wetty for holes and tears, even though its in the high 20’s the water is still a bit nip-chow. Last year I had the misfortune to head out with a big tear in the butt of wetsuit and scared a few people with a not so nice view :(

That’s about all I can think of off the top of my head, if in doubt head to your local kite shop and get them to check it over, if its looking a bit suss then just replace it now! better to not fail at all.

Enjoy.
Pete & Rob