Monday, September 22, 2014



At last!

 Have found some one to help with GPS logging unit for my speed-sailing windsurfing pastime down at Sandy Point, South Gippsland, Victoria. Well worth the ninety minute trip down this time!

It has taken two years of procrastination, but finally used my GPS logger for sailing rather than just a now and again car or plane trip! Not a fad now fella!
Of course a little hiccup- the water proof pouch was not where I thought it was, but then a week later- it was in the sailing kit all along, bummer dude, but the plastic shopping bags used did a fine job, and with the unit stuck under my chin under the wetsuit, managed a fair velocity up to 27 knots in wind of 10 to 15 knots. Or up to 50 kmh! yay me, and that was with a 6.5m2 Severne sail, ah.

Yes, ahh, the new gear has been nice and forgiving and good too.

So I will have to get more time on the water, and maybe put myself on the GPS-Speedsailing board, all it takes is time and confidence.

The jibing seems to be coming together again now, so that is good! If you take a close look, some runs end really well, some NOT.

Location and tracking- 20 kms in 25 runs less than an hour I think, still have to fine tune the GPSResults tables!  tracks- red hi velocity, blue, beach walking... scale at below tracks in knots

next- will get a meteorological station just for this beach so I know from where it blows at what strength- and that will be first weekend November! Speed week usually on then at Sandy Point, but no one else has thought to install one like here.

And the ranking of the days sailing 

GPSResults V6.123
filename: I:\GPSResultsV6\New folder\2014\sandypointSep14\ADFORD2011_103200745_20140918_104159 - Copy.SBN
altitude(s) not considered
accumulated Doppler speeds
cubic spline integration (10/20s), one run per leg
total time: 34min, total length: 15.307km

  time        m   [knots]
11:40:39    14.1  27.428+/-1.011
13:02:57    13.6  26.514+/-1.108
13:12:30    13.6  26.436+/-1.361
13:15:27    13.6  26.359+/-1.322
13:08:50    13.5  26.203+/-1.283
average[2]:  49.950km/h  26.971knots
average[3]:  49.620km/h  26.793knots
average[5]:  49.241km/h  26.588knots

  time        m   [knots]
11:40:43   108.0  26.235+/-1.161
13:12:37   104.3  25.355+/-1.266
13:08:53   104.0  25.265+/-1.273
13:18:10   100.4  24.403+/-1.227
11:37:58   104.6  22.590+/-1.037
average[2]:  47.772km/h  25.795knots
average[3]:  47.445km/h  25.618knots
average[5]:  45.873km/h  24.769knots

  time        m   [knots]
13:12:50   259.4  24.015+/-1.217
11:40:43   250.7  23.210+/-1.114
12:52:53   254.3  21.489+/-1.130
11:27:52   259.3  21.003+/-0.953
12:01:24   256.8  20.798+/-1.008
average[2]:  43.731km/h  23.613knots
average[3]:  42.419km/h  22.905knots
average[5]:  40.935km/h  22.103knots

  time        m   [knots]
12:53:04   502.0  20.331+/-1.125
11:28:15   501.2  20.298+/-0.974
11:58:42   503.7  18.475+/-1.061
13:20:36   501.7  18.058+/-1.218
12:58:32   503.4  17.790+/-1.140
average[2]:  37.623km/h  20.315knots
average[3]:  36.487km/h  19.701knots
average[5]:  35.170km/h  18.990knots

  time        m   [knots]
11:40:40    28.0  27.243+/-1.079
13:02:57    27.1  26.339+/-1.176
13:15:27    27.0  26.271+/-1.380
13:12:31    27.0  26.232+/-1.351
13:08:51    26.8  26.048+/-1.273
average[2]:  49.617km/h  26.791knots
average[3]:  49.296km/h  26.618knots
average[5]:  48.942km/h  26.427knots

  time        m   [knots]
11:40:43   131.6  25.573+/-1.182
13:08:56   128.9  25.055+/-1.265
13:12:40   128.6  24.998+/-1.245
13:18:11   125.3  24.355+/-1.226
11:38:01   115.5  22.454+/-1.026
average[2]:  46.882km/h  25.314knots
average[3]:  46.687km/h  25.209knots
average[5]:  45.350km/h  24.487knots

  time        m   [knots]
13:12:50   247.0  24.003+/-1.216
11:40:43   239.5  23.281+/-1.115
12:52:51   223.3  21.707+/-1.143
11:27:53   218.2  21.204+/-0.971
12:01:24   217.1  21.103+/-1.010
average[2]:  43.785km/h  23.642knots
average[3]:  42.591km/h  22.997knots
average[5]:  41.225km/h  22.260knots

alpha 500/50m:
  time        m   [knots]
13:12:27   494.9  16.034+/-1.509
13:13:42   497.2  13.612+/-1.386
13:16:32   468.0  13.578+/-1.514
13:00:05   498.4   8.497+/-1.203
12:57:24   214.0   3.354+/-1.290
average[2]:  27.452km/h  14.823knots
average[3]:  26.684km/h  14.408knots
average[5]:  20.400km/h  11.015knots

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lost me phone...

Lost me phone...
as put in at the other blog in case you missed it!

And it was funny much later i tell you!


Drama in town

Drama in town

The twins were in a school play the last week, a few days off school and having fun with their peers in a play written out by the English teacher- not much older than my boys!

Their Year Nine reports al la NAPLAN came today, they are above their peers for the year they are in- looks like single dads can have some success. 
Three years to go before they leave school, time is speeding up on me... apron strings- two gone two left.

My boys are struggling on in the big circus of Out Of Home- government and big business are losing my confidence- I hope that the boys have dreams that can be fulfilled without help from them.
It is really weird how the governments are cutting help for the unemployed while big business are having to cut employees. Go Figure.

No one wanted it, wow.

No one wanted it, wow.

This was a pressie from kRudd the other year or two. made after #2Son left a front tooth in the garden in a BMX accident...
The Quarter Pipe of the Year.
Filled the small trailer!
Now been disappeared for the rubbish tip/dump/recycling center-  with help of #1Son! 
Yay- some room in the front yard again, especially with giving a front yard tree a severe trim. More room for the Portable Vineyard Pots!!

I had offered it to a few other parents- might have been a bit too much- no takers. Thank you to the government of the time, kept my kid and his friends off the streets for a few years, just close enough to be noisy and beneath my nose.

Don't yoy like the new yard- the small box bushes are ringing a new path. One day. 

The start of the 2015 vintage in the Portable Vineyard

The start of the 2015 vintage in the Portable Vineyard

Ah there we go- budding time

Spring budding!
Looks like budding started mid August this year- Pinot was opening in the third week of August, below. Hmm.
The potted Shiraz, a few, started budding by first week of September.
The older six on the fence have not budded as yet though.
All the mobile vines moved 4 Sep, two lines- 48 pots of established and 9 babies of Shiraz.
Eleven of the Pinot.
Organising the irrigation now- small sprays to each pot. Still need a few more plumbing bits and pieces, and if I go away for a week or two, got an automatic irrigating thingamajig too.



And- to recycle stuff- the still was fed a bunch of off old reds this last week to produce about 10l of spirit for port or sherry making. A few expensive Rockford Basket Press bottles that were Not Drinkable [2000, 2001!] and some other home mades that were also Not Drinkable - all emptied into the trusty spirit maker...

One of the old bottles that was actually okay and finished- on my own- over two nights- below. My friend Harry was also searching/making room in his cellar too- looks like another batch next week for the still.

Other wines that were tried lately- 
A Wine Society CabSav2000- into the still.
All of last year's wine made- into the still- 30 liters! Not good. Will try to make a fortified wine from what is left of the garage foxy grape wine this year [20l]- it does not taste too bad, but some syrup and spirit may perk it up heaps.
So- This years production- all but 20 of the 40l- INTO THE STILL, Bummer dudes- hopefully the brandy/rum at the end will be appreciated. No. It will be!
A 2013 Rockford Alicante- YUMMY!
A Rockford Pasket Press Shiraz- 2002- Yummy!

Well, that's all for the The start of the 2015 vintage in the Portable Vineyard during the start of the 2014 Spring Downunder.